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Thursday, September 12
 

1:00pm

The Landscape of Family
Three authors with recent memoirs read from recent works and discuss the process of writing about family.

Mother Winter by Sophia Shalmiyev

Russian sentences begin backward, Sophia Shalmiyev tells us on the first page of her striking, lyrical memoir, Mother Winter. To understand the end of her story we must go back to her beginning.

Born to a Russian mother and an Azerbaijani father, Shalmiyev was raised in the stark oppressiveness of 1980s Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). An imbalance of power and the prevalence of antisemitism in her homeland led her father to steal Shalmiyev away, emigrating to America, abandoning her estranged mother, Elena. At age eleven, Shalmiyev found herself on a plane headed west, motherless and terrified of the new world unfolding before her.

Now a mother herself, in Mother Winter Shalmiyev depicts in urgent vignettes her emotional journeys as an immigrant, an artist, and a woman raised without her mother. She tells of her early days in St. Petersburg, a land unkind to women, wayward or otherwise; her tumultuous pit-stop in Italy as a refugee on her way to America; the life she built for herself in the Pacific Northwest, raising two children of her own; and ultimately, her cathartic voyage back to Russia as an adult, where she searched endlessly for the alcoholic mother she never knew. Braided into her physical journey is a metaphorical exploration of the many surrogate mothers Shalmiyev sought out in place of her own—whether in books, art, lovers, or other lost souls banded together by their misfortunes.

Mother Winter is the story of Shalmiyev’s years of travel, searching, and forging meaningful connection with the worlds she occupies—the result is a searing observation of the human heart and psyche’s many shades across time and culture. As critically acclaimed author Michelle Tea says, “with sparse, poetic language Shalmiyev builds a personal history that is fractured and raw; a brilliant, lovely ache.”

The Deer Camp by Dean Kuipers

Some families have to dig hard to find the love that holds them together. Some have to grow it out of the ground.

Bruce Kuipers was good at hunting, fishing, and working, but not at much else that makes a real father or husband. Conflicted, angry, and a serial cheater, he destroyed his relationship with his wife, Nancy, and alienated his three sons-journalist Dean, woodsman Brett, and troubled yet brilliant fisherman Joe. He distrusted people and clung to rural America as a place to hide.

So when Bruce purchased a 100-acre hunting property as a way to reconnect with his sons, they resisted. The land was the perfect bait, but none of them knew how to be together as a family. Conflicts arose over whether the land-an old farm that had been degraded and reduced to a few stands of pine and blowing sand-should be left alone or be actively restored. After a decade-long impasse, Bruce acquiesced, and his sons proceeded with their restoration plan. What happened next was a miracle of nature.

Dean Kuipers weaves a beautiful and surprising story about the restorative power of land and of his own family, which so desperately needed healing. Heartwarming and profound, The Deer Camp is the perfect story of fathers, sons, and the beauty and magic of the natural world.

The Eclipse I Call Father by David Axelrod

In The Eclipse I Call Father: Essays on Absence, David Axelrod recalls a balmy night in May 1970 when he vowed to allow no one and nothing he loves to pass from this life without praise, even if it meant praising the most bewildering losses. In each of these fourteen essays Axelrod delivers on that vow as he ranges across topics as diverse as marriage, Japanese poetry, Craftsman design, Old English riddles, racism, extinction, fatherhood, mountaineering, predatory mega-fauna, street fighting, trains, the Great Depression, and the effects of climate change—accretions of absence that haunt the writer and will likewise haunt readers.
The essays in this collection grew from a ten-year period when the author found himself periodically living and working abroad, wondering why foreign landscapes haunted him more than the familiar landscapes of the inland Pacific Northwest he called home. Each place had a long history of habitation, but at home he was blind, unable to see past the surfaces of things. Axelrod examines many aspects of that phenomenon in these pages, framing surface realities and imagining the scale and scope of that surface, but also trying to sense what is absent or changed, and how, despite its absence, the unseen accretes to ever-greater densities and persists as something uncanny.
Curious, alert, and keenly observant, these essays probe the boundaries between what is here and what is gone, what is present and what is past, in elegant prose. Readers familiar with Axelrod’s poetry will find a new facet of his lyrical gifts, while those encountering his work for the first time will be richly rewarded by the discovery of this Northwest literary talent.

Speakers
avatar for Sophia Shalmiyev

Sophia Shalmiyev

Sophia Shalmiyev emigrated from Leningrad to America in 1990. She is a feminist writer and painter living in Portland with her two children. Shalmiyev’s work has appeared in Literary Hub, Guernica, Electric Lit, Vela, Portland Review and other publications. Mother Winter (Simon... Read More →
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Dean Kuipers

Dean Kuipers is a former environmental editor and writer for the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of Burning Rainbow Farm (winner of the Michigan Notable Book Award) and Operation Bite Back. His work has been published in The Atlantic, Outside Magazine, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal... Read More →
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David Axelrod

Basalt
David Axelrod is the editor of basalt: a journal of fine and literary arts, and Sensational Nightingales: The Collected Poetry of Walter Pavlich, published by Lynx House Press. His new collection of poems, The Open Hand, appeared from Lost Horse Press in the autumn of 2017. His second... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Missoula Art Museum 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

2:45pm

Facing Change in a Harsh Land: Tales of the American West
Speakers
avatar for Dave Barrett

Dave Barrett

Adjunct Professor of Writing, Missoula College
Dave Barrett teaches writing at Missoula College. He is a graduate of the University of Montana MFA Writing Program. His novel--GONE ALASKA--was published by Adelaide Books in July of 2019. It is a coming of age story set in the salmon fishing grounds of Southeast Alaska, with... Read More →
avatar for Kipp Wessel

Kipp Wessel

Kipp Wessel’s debut novel, First, You Swallow the Moon, won BookLife Prize in Fiction and Writer's Digest Book awards. He earned a Fiction Fellowship and his MFA from The University of Montana. His short fiction has been published in a dozen commercial and literary publications... Read More →
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Ryatt Eddie Cash

Co-Owner and Writer, Last Best Press, Limited Liability Company
Ryatt Eddie Cash is the pseudonym for entrepreneur and publisher Ethan H. Gaines. The name derived from three separate individuals that brought a sort of meaning to the writer. Ethan H. Gaines is the co-owner and publisher at Last Best Press, an independent publishing company focusing... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

3:30pm

Celebrate Montana Book Festival Kick-off Poetry Reading
Three poets read recent works to celebrate the start of our fifth annual Montana Book Festival.

Night Angler, by Geffrey Davis

Geffrey Davis’s award-winning second collection of poems reads as an evolving love letter and meditation on what it means to raise an American family. In poems that express a deep sense of gratitude and wonder, Davis delivers a heart-strong prayer that longs for home, for safety for black lives, and for the messy success of breaking through the trauma of growing up during the crack epidemic to create a new model of fatherhood. Filled with humor and tenderness, Night Angler sings its own version of a song called grace―sung with a heavy and hopeful mix of inherited notes and discovered chords.

And Other Bodiless Powers, by Sarah B Aronson​​​​

Sarah Aronson writes poetry and nonfiction from Missoula, MT. Her first collection of poetry, And Other Bodiless Powers, received the New American Poetry Prize for 2018. Her work can be found in Basalt, Stringtown, Big Sky Journal, and the Bennington Review among others. She is also the host and producer of the Montana Public Radio literary program and podcast, The Write Question.

A Himalayan Poem, by Nishi Chawla 

Nishi Chawla’s fifth volume of poetry - a 120 page long poem titled, A Himalayan Poem (2017), is broken up into eight sections. The long poem is her own personal response to the landscape of the mountains even as the poem explores its physical attributes: its rivers, its peaks and glaciers, its flora and its fauna, its cultural traditions, both secular and spiritual, and its people. Section One is devoted to the origins of the Himalayas. Section Two is about the rivers and lakes found in the Himalayas. Section Three is devoted to the peaks and glaciers. Section Four is about the trees and flowers found in the Himalayas, and Section Five is about the birds and animals. Section Six is about environmental degradation. Section Seven is about temples and monasteries found in the Himalayas. The final section is about what the mountains symbolize.




Speakers
avatar for Geffrey Davis

Geffrey Davis

Geffrey Davis is the author of Night Angler (BOA Editions), winner of the 2018 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Revising the Storm (BOA Editions), winner of the 2013 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. He also coauthored the chapbook Begotten (URB Books, 2016... Read More →
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Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson is a Montanan by way of Alaska. Her debut collection of poems, And Other Bodiless Powers, won the 2018 New American Poetry Prize. She is also the host of the Montana Public Radio literary program and podcast, The Write Question.
avatar for Nishi Chawla

Nishi Chawla

Nishi Chawla is a writer and an academician. She has seven volumes of poetry, eight plays, and two novels to her credit.Nishi Chawla is from New Delhi, India, where she had taught as a tenured Professor of English Literature for nearly twenty years before settling in a suburb of Maryland... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Fact and Fiction Books 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

4:30pm

Memoir on a Mission
This panel will feature two memoirists who have detailed enormous adventures in memoir. Susan Purvis spent 20 years training avalanche rescue dogs and search dogs, a journey she wrote about in Go Find. Heather Hansman, meanwhile, wrote "Downriver" about a raft trip down the entirety of the Green River from Wyoming to Utah, in “an energizing mix of travelogue and investigative journalism,” according to Publishers Weekly.






Speakers
avatar for Heather Hansman

Heather Hansman

Heather Hansman is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Outside, California Sunday, Smithsonian, and many others. Her first book, DOWNRIVER came out in 2019. After a decade of raft guiding across the United States, she lives in Seattle.
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Susan Purvis

Empowerment speaker, explorer, author, Susan Purvis, LLC
Susan Purvis is an empowerment speaker, explorer, educator and author of the bestselling and awarding winning adventure memoir, Go Find: My Journey to Find the Lost--And Myself. Susan spent her entire career in the outdoors. She's worked in the hottest, the highest and coldest places... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Fact and Fiction Books 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

5:00pm

Editing for Authors
Danica Winters is a Publishers Weekly, Walmart, and Amazon bestselling author who has won lots of awards. You can regularly see her at conferences and publishing events where she will expound on all things publishing. (She is a nerd, but a cool one.) In addition to making SPS a smooth-operating company, she makes sure it also is comprised of happiness, teamwork and general fun. When she's not at her desk, she makes time for her regular shenanigans and work stuff. Basically, she is one badass boss lady.

Speakers
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Danica Winters

Owner, Self-Publishing Services
Danica Winters is a bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic.When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while... Read More →


5:30pm

Missoula Writing Collaborative: Goldfish and Gummi Bears Reading
8 to 14 year-old students from Missoula Writing Collaborative's Words with Wings summer camp will be reading their poems at this event. You'll hear poems that range from ekphrastic poems about Icelandic landscapes, to odes about chili, to poems that imagine what it would be like to travel into a rose. Come and enjoy the rich, imaginative landscapes of these budding young poets.

Speakers
avatar for Missoula Writing Collaborative

Missoula Writing Collaborative

Executive Director, Missoula Writing Collaborative


Thursday September 12, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Fact and Fiction Books 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

7:00pm

Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings from the Me Too Movement
One of the first books from the #MeToo movement, INDELIBLE IN THE HIPPOCAMPUS is a truly intersectional collection of essays, fiction, and poetry. These original texts sound the voices of black, Latinx, Asian, Filipinx, queer, and trans writers, to name but a few, and say “me too” 22 times.

The book deals with a number of important questions, such as: how do individuals deal with and process the trauma of sexual abuse? How can people and communities support each other in dealing with this trauma? How can society as a whole move from the moment of #MeToo reckoning to transformation and positive change?

Whether reflecting on their teenage selves or their modern-day workplaces, each contributor to this book approaches the subject with unforgettable authenticity and strength. Together these pieces create a portrait of cultural sea-change, offering the reader a deeper understanding of this complex, galvanizing pivot in contemporary consciousness.

This event will offer those attending a space for creative reflection and discussion about this vitally important and highly topical issue, and consider where the #MeToo movement goes from here.

This panel event will feature the editor of the book, Shelly Oria, alongside a number of acclaimed and award-winning writers from Missoula. Each panelist will read an excerpt from INDELIBLE IN THE HIPPOCAMPUS alongside their own work, and there will then be a discussion about the issues and themes raised in the book.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Keys

Caroline Keys

Caroline Keys loves the alphabet, but uses music to tell the whole story. Voted Missoula's Best Musician in the 2018 Independent Readers poll, she has shared the stage with Dwight Yoakam, The Decemberists, The Lumineers and her writing has appeared on Montana Public Radio, in The... Read More →
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Sharma Shields

Author, Autumn House Press
Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and two novels, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac and The Cassandra. Sharma's writing has appeared in Electric Lit, Slice, The New York Times, Slate, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere, and has... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Stephenson

Melissa Stephenson

Melissa Stephenson earned her B.A. in English from The University of Montana and her M.F.A. in Fiction from Texas State University. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The RumpusThe Washington PostNarrativelyBarrelhouseMuthaBlackbird, Ninth LetterH... Read More →
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Shelly Oria

SHELLY ORIA is the author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), which earned nominations for a Lambda Literary Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, among other honors. In 2016 she coauthored a digital novella, CLEAN, commissioned by WeTransfer... Read More →
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Tamara Love

Tamara Love hails from Flint Michigan. After living and working in New York City for nearly ten years, she stumbled upon Debra Magpie Earling's book, Perma Red and managed to earn a spot in the University of Montana's Creative Writing Program. She has taught writing for University... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The VFW 245 W Main St, Missoula, MT 59802
 
Friday, September 13
 

9:30am

Wake Up With Poetry: Friday
The best way to start your Friday is with these three talented poets.

KMA Sullivan is the author of two poetry collections: Inclined to Riot (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) and Necessary Fire, winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her poems and essays have appeared in Boston Review, The Rumpus, Southern Humanities Review, Forklift, Ohio, The Nervous Breakdown, The Offing, diode, and elsewhere. She has been awarded residencies in creative nonfiction and poetry at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Summer Literary Seminars and she is the coeditor-in-chief of Vinyl and the publisher at YesYes Books.
 
KMA received an MFA in poetry from Virginia Tech; in earlier years she earned degrees in philosophy from Trinity College and Boston College and raised five children with her partner of 35 years. She is the cofounder of YesYes Healing Garden, an acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in Portland, OR.

KMA believes in the power of art and literature to improve the lives they engage.


Hastings Hensel is the author of the poetry collections Ballyhoo (forthcoming, March 2019, Johns Hopkins University Press), Winter Inlet, which won the 2014-2015 Unicorn Press First Book Contest, and the chapbook Control Burn, which won the 2011 Iron Horse Literary Review Single-Author Competition.

He is from Columbia, South Carolina, and he graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South before earning his M.F.A. from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He is currently serving as the Tennessee Williams Fellow in Creative Writing at Sewanee.

His writing has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Gray's Sporting Journal, The Greensboro Review, New South, storySouth, The Hopkins Review, PLEIADES, Valley Voices, Cave Wall, 32 Poems, and many others. He has been awarded the South Carolina Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry and been named Grand Strand Artist of the Month. 

His magazine articles appear frequently in South Carolina Living, Grand Strand, South Carolina Wildlife and other magazines.

Alexandra Teague's first book of poetry, Mortal Geography, (Persea 2010) won the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and the 2010 California Book Award Gold Medal for Poetry. Her second book, The Wise and Foolish Builders, was written and researched in part thanks to a 2011 NEA fellowship, and published by Persea in 2015. Her first novel, The Principles Behind Flotation, was published by Skyhorse in 2017, and came out in paperback in 2019. She is also, with Brian Clements and Dean Rader, editor of the anthology Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence (Beacon 2017). Her third book of poetry, Or What We'll Call Desire, is forthcoming from Persea in August 2019.
​​​Alexandra was awarded a 2019 Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellowship. She was previously the recipient of the 2014 Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize, a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a 2006-2008 Stegner Fellowship at Stanford. After living, studying, and teaching in states including Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, and California, she is currently an Associate Professor in University of Idaho's MFA program, faculty advisor for Fugue, and an editor for Broadsided Press. She is also a founding member of the interdisciplinary arts BASK Collective. She lives in Moscow, Idaho, with her husband, the musician and composer Dylan Champagne, and is currently on sabbatical in Cardiff, Wales.

Speakers
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Alexandra Teague

Alexandra Teague is the author of Or What We’ll Call Desire (Persea, 2019), and two prior books of poetry—The Wise and Foolish Builders and Mortal Geography, winner of Persea’s 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and the 2010 California Book Award—as well as the novel The Principles... Read More →
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KMA Sullivan

Publisher, YesYes Books
KMA Sullivan is the author of Necessary Fire, winner of the St Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, Forklift, Ohio, The Nervous Breakdown, Gertrude, diode, and elsewhere. Essays have appeared in The... Read More →
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Hastings Hensel

Hastings Hensel is the author of the poetry collections Ballyhoo (JHU Press, 2019) and Winter Inlet (Unicorn Press, 2015). He is currently serving as the Tennessee Williams Fellow in Creative Writing at Sewanee.


Friday September 13, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

9:30am

Aboutness: A Workshop for Novelists and Memoirists
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WORKSHOPS

You can write a narrative all the way to the end and still not be able to say what it is about. Uh-oh. Learn how to capture the essence of a story in a few clear sentences. That analysis becomes a North Star for your character and plot development. It is your way into drafting or revising a story, and it's your way into convincing someone they really should read it.

Learn to:
1. articulate the subject and idea of your story. 
2. make an umbrella statement of the action and its impact. 
3. describe the vision and the world of the story. 
4. say how your protagonist proves your concept of the story world. 
Recommended reading: The Last Draft: A Novelist's Guide to Revision
The Scene Book: A Primer for the Fiction
Writer Sandra Scofield is the author of seven novels, including a finalist for the National Book Award; two memoirs, Occasions of Sin and Mysteries of Love and Grief; two books on craft--recently The Last Draft: A Novelist's Guide to Revision--and recent fiction, Swim: Stories of the Sixties. She is on the faculty of the Solstice MFA Program and the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She is also a painter. 
Reviews of The Last Draft “Drawing deeply on her own teaching and writing and using a multitude of examples from classic and contemporary fiction, [Scofield] offers a meticulous guide to revising a novel... The lasting messages of this inspiring book are 'read, read, read,' 'write the best prose you can,' and 'love the process and what you learn.'" -- Publishers Weekly, starred review 
"This title stands out from the crowd of others on the subject. For readers who are thinking about publishing their writing." -- Library Journal, starred review 
“An award-winning fiction writer and teacher shares hard-won advice. Novelist and memoirist Scofield…brings her experience as a writer and teacher to a practical, encouraging manual focused on revision. … Patience and commitment, this useful guide reveals, are a writer's strongest assets.” -- Kirkus Reviews
 “Sandra Scofield has written a needed book: not how to begin a novel, but how to get one into shape and on point. She is insightful on the importance of scene and ingenious on the value of summary and the role of interiority. She offers exercises for describing, evaluating, energizing, and enriching a draft in ways both minute and structural. For a novelist in that perplexing stage between a messy version and a viable manuscript, The Last Draft may be a godsend.” —Janet Burroway, author of Writing Fiction

Source:: http://www.sandrajscofield.com/

Speakers
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Sandra Scofield

Sandra Scofield is a native Texan who has spent the last forty years in Oregon and Montana. She taught in public schools (grades 2-10) and at the university level; since 2006 she has been on the faculty of the Solstice MFA low residency program at Pine Manor College. She has taught... Read More →


10:00am

Freelance Writing with Purpose: Having Something to Say
Chelsea Agro, editor of Missoula Valley Lifestyle magazine (and Flathead Valley Lifestyle) regularly works with freelance writers and offers extensive feedback/interactive writing experience that often leads to stronger writing. In a world of writing-for-deadline, quality often is compromised. This panel would open up the conversation of quality in freelance. Chelsea will discuss how to approach editors, what samples to send, and how to be a valued contributor to notable publications.

Speakers
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Chelsea Agro

Editor, Missoula Valley Lifestyle
I have a deeply rooted passion for stories - telling them, sharing them, and encouraging you to do the same. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Creative Writing from The State University of New York at Fredonia.


10:30am

Poets with Finishing Line Press
Susan Kay Anderson, Mezzanine

Mezzanine is part animal dream, part love song / song of despair about the worlds that drift through the night janitor’s empire, and part eternal desire to make meaning of the illogical evidence before us. The glittering poems by Susan Kay Anderson speak their own realities, talk amongst each other, and shape a world informed by the refusal to look away, desire for connection, and absolute attention to the details. It’s this world of matter, how it drifts in and out of other matter, all of it stories and important, that informs this exciting work.
–Jennifer Boyden, author of The Mouths of Grazing Things


Virginia Barrett's poetry invites an excursion into a varied landscape of voice and form. Stylistically, poems range from intimate lyrics to expansive narratives. The work can be playful, meditative, visionary, challenging, and open to experimentation. Her thematic span uses a wide lens. Poems include female-centric pieces on childhood and family history, ekphrastic works exploring issues that artists often face in unsupportive (even hostile) societies, urban-inspired musings, adventures into myth, and mystical encounters in the natural world. What weaves throughout her work is a deep need to look out at the world, to gaze as does a painter, to absorb what the eyes see and to offer it back—altered and transfigured in some way.

Jessica Jones, Bitterroot

Montana Poet Laureate, Lowell Jaeger, writes: "Bitterroot is a collection of poems written by a young teacher who is herself still learning. The best teachers are the ones who don’t offer easy answers for hard questions, and JessicaJones’ poems raise a galaxy of hard questions. Bitterroot asks the reader to consider the complexities of Native and non-Native co-inhabitation in northwest Montana, valleys and vistas of triumph and hardship. In “Hauling Wood,” a neighbor loans the teacher his ex-wife’s snow pants and boots, which causes the teacher to feel “small and important at the same time.” In reading these verses, I feel small and important, and you will too. The spirit of Bitterroot is this: Let’s learn together and never stop. And let’s be grateful to those who teach us, everyone, everywhere.

Speakers
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Jessica Jones

English Professor, Kent State University
Jessica Jones holds a Masters in English from the University of Montana, with licensure to teach grades 5-12 English and K-12 Art, as well as training in Indian Education for All. She has taught on the Flathead Reservation as well as with students from Missoula and from the Blackfeet... Read More →
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Susan Kay Anderson

I am interested in our climate crisis and documenting what is happening in an expressive way. Talk to me about Missoula. Talk to me about love. Talk to me about Eugene. Art, music, travel. Talk to me about Richard Brautigan, Ed Dorn, and Tom Clark. Talk to me about Nome. Colorado... Read More →
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Virginia Barrett

Virginia Barrett’s books of poetry include Between Looking (Finishing Line Press), Crossing Haight, and I Just Wear My Wings. Barrett is the editor of two anthologies of contemporary San Francisco poets including OCCUPY SF—poems from the movement. Her work has most recently... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

11:00am

Unlocking Montana's Indigenous History
Both Carl M. Davis's book, Six Hundred Generations: An Archaeological History of Montana and Lauri Travis's Arrowheads, Spears, Buffalo Jumps: Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherers of the Great Plains combine deep prehistoric research, photography, diagrams and beautiful illustrations by Eric S. Carlson to demystify Montana's long Indigenous human history. Join the authors in a conversation about the process of conducting such important work.

Speakers
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Lauri Travis

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Carroll College
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Carl Davis

Retired Regional Archaeologist, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Region


Friday September 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

11:00am

Tiffany Midge presents Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's
Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s is a powerful and compelling collection of Tiffany Midge’s musings on life, politics, and identity as a Native woman in America. Artfully blending sly humor, social commentary, and meditations on love and loss, Midge weaves short, stand-alone musings into a memoir that stares down colonialism while chastising hipsters for abusing pumpkin spice. She explains why she does not like pussy hats, mercilessly dismantles pretendians, and confesses her own struggles with white-bread privilege.

Midge goes on to ponder Standing Rock, feminism, and a tweeting president, all while exploring her own complex identity and the loss of her mother. Employing humor as an act of resistance, these slices of life and matchless takes on urban-Indigenous identity disrupt the colonial narrative and provide commentary on popular culture, media, feminism, and the complications of identity, race, and politics.

Speakers
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Tiffany Midge

Tiffany Midge is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and was raised in the Pacific Northwest. She is a former humor columnist for Indian Country Today and teaches multi-genre humor writing that elevates awareness of social justice issues. Her McSweeney's article "An Open Letter... Read More →


11:15am

Where the Magic Happens: Revision and the Creative Process
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Where the Magic Happens: Revision and the Creative Process with CMarie Fuhrman and Bryan Fry


This workshop will take a close look at the revision process. Participants should expect to leave with a packet of revision techniques and a poem or short piece of prose narrative that has gone through a close revision. Instructors will talk about the importance of revision and the process and show examples of revised poems and prose from well-known authors and their own work. We will also discuss the different creative geniuses used to write the first draft and to make revisions.
Students should bring:
1. A scene, poem, flash piece of no more than 500 words printed and doubled spaced.
2. Highlighters
3. Laptop, notebook, or paper for rewrites
All levels of writing welcome!

Speakers
avatar for CMarie Fuhrman

CMarie Fuhrman

University of Idaho/Fugue
CMarie Fuhrman is the co-editor of Native Voices (Tupelo, 2019) and author of the forthcoming chapbook Camped Beneath the Dam (Floodgate, 2020) Her poetry and nonfiction that has appeared in multiple journals including Yellow Medicine Review, Cutthroat a Journal of the Arts, Whitefish... Read More →


11:30am

Tributary: A Willow Springs Reading
A poetry/prose reading and a Q&A with Northwest writers who have all been published in Willow Springs Magazine. Willow Springs is the top-ranked literary journal affiliated with the Eastern Washington University MFA program.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today  (University of Washington Press Pacific Northwest Poetry Series) and Pictograph (Milkweed Editions), as well as a collection of prose writings, Earth Recitals: Essays on... Read More →
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Erin Pringle

Erin Pringle is the author of the novelHezada! I Miss You (Awst2020) and two story collections,The Whole World at Once (West Virginia UP 2017) and The Floating Order (Two Ravens Press 2009). Her work has been published extensively, most recently in Willow Springs, New York Tyrant... Read More →
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Alexandra Teague

Alexandra Teague is the author of Or What We’ll Call Desire (Persea, 2019), and two prior books of poetry—The Wise and Foolish Builders and Mortal Geography, winner of Persea’s 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and the 2010 California Book Award—as well as the novel The Principles... Read More →
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Kim Barnes

Distinguished Professor of English, University of Idaho
Kim Barnes is the author of  In the Kingdom of Men, named a best book by San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, and The Oregonian, and long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second novel, A Country Called Home, winner of the PEN Center USA Literary... Read More →
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Laura Read

Laura Read is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA Editions, 2018), Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012, and the chapbook The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (Floating Bridge Press, 2011). She served as Spokane's... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

12:00pm

Comics, Zines and Graphic Novels: Bringing Art and Writing Together
Join us in a discussion around art and writing with a zinester-turned-author, a graphic novelist and a comic artist! 

Speakers
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Josh Quick

Illustrator/Author, Montana Quick Facts book
Hi, my name is Josh Quick and am a Senior Designer for a Missoula based biology educational software company. I also moonlight as an illustrator of whimsical things. My new book will be released at the Montana Book Festival. I hope to meet other local authors and make some new friends... Read More →
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Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

Jonathan Fetter-Vorm is an author and illustrator of non-fiction graphic novels. His first book, Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb was selected by the American Library Association as a Best Graphic Novel for Teens in 2013 and has been translated into half a dozen... Read More →


12:00pm

Freestone Boulder Happy Hour
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Is rock-climbing a form of embodied eco-poetry? After a brief discussion with Brian, attendees will spend some time bouldering at Freestone Climbing Center,  then do a guided writing exercise about their experiences on the wall.
Admission for this workshop is free; a day-pass to climb at the gym is $18. Please come early enough to register at the front desk and sign the waiver, or follow this link to fill it out online: https://app.rockgympro.com/waiver/esign/freestone/b07266d8-7a20-49ef-89d2-599278467463

 Bouldering does not use ropes so there will be no need to have experience - just an open mind!
Brian Laidlaw is a poet-songwriter whose previous books include THE STUNTMAN (Milkweed Editions, 2015) and THE MIRRORMAKER (Milkweed Editions, 2018), each of which was released with a companion album of original music. He was a songwriting consultant on multiple Grammy Award-winning and-nominated records, and continues to tour as a folksinger.
Currently a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, Brian also moonlights - often literally - as a rock climber.

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Brian Laidlaw

Brian Laidlaw is a poet-songwriter originally from the Bay Area. He has released the poetry collections Amoratorium (Paper Darts Press) and The Stuntman (Milkweed Editions), each of which includes a companion album of original music; another book called The Mirrormaker is forthcoming... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Freestone Climbing Gym 1200 Shakespeare St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:00pm

The Book Review: Where Writers, Critics, and Readers Unite
Why do we need book reviews? What do writers (of the book and of the review) gain from the experience? What happens when a book isn’t reviewed? What happens when it is? Writers and their critics join forces to wrestle through these questions, highlight “other ways” to complete a review, and provide beginning writers and their readers practical guidance toward writing and reading reviews.

Speakers
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Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today  (University of Washington Press Pacific Northwest Poetry Series) and Pictograph (Milkweed Editions), as well as a collection of prose writings, Earth Recitals: Essays on... Read More →
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Tami Haaland

Professor, Montana State University Billings
Tami Haaland is the author of three poetry collections, What Does Not Return (Lost Horse Press, 2017), When We Wake in the Night, and A Breath in Every Room, winner of the Nicholas Roerich First Book Award. She earned a MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College... Read More →
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Rick Newby

Poet, editor, cultural journalist, Freelance
Helena-based Rick Newby is a poet, critic, independent scholar, and publisher having written or edited more than thirty books about the American West, Montana literature, and the visual arts. A past member of the Montana Arts Council and the Board of Directors of the Montana Center... Read More →
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Austin Grant Bennett

Austin Grant Bennett (MFA Wilkes University) is a son, brother, friend, husband, father. He teaches writing at Montana State University Billings and has edited or read for the River and South Review, James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and High Plains Book Awards. His most recent... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fact and Fiction Books 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

1:00pm

From the Author's Pen: A 16-year Correspondence with A. B. Guthrie Jr.
On March 24, 1975, a high school English teacher in upstate New York by the name of Robert Cubbins penned a simple letter to A. B. Guthrie Jr. requesting a signed copy of his favorite novel, "The Big Sky." Guthrie agreed, asking in return only that Cubbins tie him a couple fishing flies -- Royal Coachmen, to be exact, on a size 8 hook. This early exchange was tinged with humor, and set the stage for a 16-year correspondence and a friendship that lasted to the very day of Guthrie's death on April 26, 1991. They swapped jokes, shared fishing stories and scribbled cartoons. Cubbins even furnished Guthrie's family with an English Setter named for the tragic hero of "The Big Sky," Boone.

As Guthrie's grandson, Alex Sakariassen took on the responsibility this winter of cataloging and preserving both sides of this years-long exchange. What he found in those letters was a window into the man behind so many iconic Western novels, who wrote to Cubbins from the same typewriter that spawned many of his later literary works. Cubbins proved to be a cheerleader of sorts for Guthrie, and keeping up with his pen pal in New York gave my grandfather a chance to warm both fingers and mind before diving into his latest chapters. My family feels a panel focused on these letters might afford Montana Book Festival attendees a rare glimpse into the personality of one of this state's most celebrated authors. A panel of this sort also raises an interesting question: As communication continues to swing wildly into the digital age, what can we do to preserve the unique art of letter writing?

Donna McRae, the head of the archives at the Mansfield Library, will speak both to the value of such documents as primary source material and to the proper ways to preserve them.

Speakers
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Alex Sakariassen

Born in Bismarck, North Dakota, Alex Sakariassen grew up frequenting the still waters of central Minnesota and the hardscrabble majesty of Montana's Rocky Mountain Front. He chased the trout and snow west to Missoula, Mont., in 2004. After earning a bachelor's degree in journalism... Read More →


1:00pm

Telling the Story of Immigration
Three women speak to the immigrant story.

Nina Murray was born and raised in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. An American poet and translator, she is the author of two books of poetry, Alcestis in the Underworld (Circling Rivers, 2019) and  Minimize Considered (Finishing Line Press, 2018), and the translator of  Oksana Zabuzhko’s Museum of Abandoned Secrets (Amazon Crossing, 2013), and Peter Aleshkovsky’s Fish: A History of One Migration (Russian Life Books, 2010) and Stargorod (Russian Life Books, 2013). She holds advanced degrees in linguistics and creative writing and regularly publishes original poetry, book reviews, and translations.

Born to a Russian mother and an Azerbaijani father, Sophia Shalmiyev was raised in the stark oppressiveness of 1980s Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). An imbalance of power and the prevalence of antisemitism in her homeland led her father to steal Shalmiyev away, emigrating to America, abandoning her estranged mother, Elena. At age eleven, Shalmiyev found herself on a plane headed west, motherless and terrified of the new world unfolding before her.

Raki Kopernik is a queer, Jewish fiction and poetry writer. She is the author of The Things You Left (Unsolicited Press 2020), The Memory House (The Muriel Press 2019) which was a finalist for the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award, and The Other Body (Dancing Girl Press 2017). Her work has been published in New Flash Review Fiction, Blue Lyra Review, El Balazo, Duende, and others. It has also been shortlisted and nominated for several awards, including the Pushcart Prize for fiction. She lives in Minneapolis. You can find her here: https://rakikopernik.wixsite.com/mysite and follow her on instagram @rakikopernik

Speakers
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Nina Murray

Poet, translator, U.S. diplomat. Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Nina is the author of two collections of poetry, Alcestis in the Underworld (Circling Rivers, 2019) and Minimize Considered (FLP, 2018). She is the translator of Oksana Zabuzhko's award-winning novel The Museum of Abandoned Secrets... Read More →
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Sophia Shalmiyev

Sophia Shalmiyev emigrated from Leningrad to America in 1990. She is a feminist writer and painter living in Portland with her two children. Shalmiyev’s work has appeared in Literary Hub, Guernica, Electric Lit, Vela, Portland Review and other publications. Mother Winter (Simon... Read More →
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Raki Kopernik

Raki is a queer, Jewish fiction and poetry writer. She is the author of The Things You Left (Unsolicited Press 2020), The Memory House (The Muriel Press 2019) which was a finalist for the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award, and The Other Body (Dancing Girl Press 2017). Her work has appeared... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Missoula Art Museum 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

1:00pm

Natural Perspectives: Four Writers, Four Different Approaches to Writing the Natural World
Four different writers who deal with the natural world in their work come together to discuss their process and muse.

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and photographer. His freelance writing and/or photography has appeared in various regional and national anthologies and periodicals. His first book, One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From the World At Large won the 2018 Montana Book Award. Chris is Chippewa-Cree Métis, and is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He lives in Missoula, MT.

Heather Durham is the author of Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust, an examination of a life of wandering in wild nature. With the scientific knowledge and observation skills of an ecologist and the existential inquiry of a philosopher, Heather immerses readers with all their senses in adventures, wanderings, and musings in wild places around the United States. She faces solitude on a deserted island in Maine, spelunks in bat caves in New Hampshire, chases herons on the Florida Gulf coast, and hides out with flamingos in urban Utah. She locks eyes with a cougar in Colorado, traps and bands hawks in Nevada, surveys owls in Oregon, and communes with coyotes in Washington.

As a nomadic and often reclusive introvert, Heather grapples with discomfort among her own kind and resists traditional paths to fulfillment. It is ultimately her intimate bond with the natural world wherever she roams that offers meaning, solace, and a sense of belonging both within and apart from human communities. Part reverential nature writing, part soul-searching memoir, Going Feral is the story of a human animal learning to belong to the earth.

Heather Hansman, Downriver

The Green River, the most significant tributary of the Colorado River, runs 730 miles from the glaciers of Wyoming to the desert canyons of Utah. Over its course it meanders through ranches, cities, national parks, endangered fish habitats, and some of the most significant natural gas fields in the country, as it provides water for 33 million people. Stopped up by dams, slaked off by irrigation, and dried up by cities, the Green is crucial, overused, and at risk, now more than ever.
 
Fights over the river’s water, and what’s going to happen to it in the future, are longstanding, intractable, and only getting worse as the west gets hotter and drier and more people depend on the river with each passing year. As a former raft guide and an environmental reporter, Heather Hansman knew these fights were happening, but she felt driven to see them from a different perspective—from the river itself. So she set out on a journey, in a one-person inflatable pack raft, to paddle the river from source to confluence and see what the experience might teach her. Mixing lyrical accounts of quiet paddling through breathtaking beauty with nights spent camping solo and lively discussions with farmers, city officials, and other people met along the way, Downriver is the story of that journey, a foray into the present—and future—of water in the west.

Antonia Malchik has written essays and articles for AeonThe AtlanticOrionGOODHigh Country News, and a variety of other publications. Her first book, A Walking Life, about the past and future of walking’s role in our shared humanity, is published by Da Capo Press, a division of Hachette. She lives in northwest Montana.​

Speakers
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Chris La Tray

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and photographer. His freelance writing and/or photography has appeared in various regional and national anthologies and periodicals.His first book, One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From the World At Large won the 2018 Montana Book... Read More →
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Heather Durham

Heather Durham is an essayist, nature writer, and naturalist with a master of science in environmental biology from Antioch New England University and a master of fine arts from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Her first book of nature essays is titled Going Feral: Field... Read More →
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Heather Hansman

Heather Hansman is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Outside, California Sunday, Smithsonian, and many others. Her first book, DOWNRIVER came out in 2019. After a decade of raft guiding across the United States, she lives in Seattle.
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Antonia Malchik

Antonia Malchik's first book, A Walking Life, about the past and future of walking's role in our humanity, was published by Da Capo Press/Hachette in May 2019. A fifth-generation Montanan, she lives in Whitefish, Montana, with her family. She has written essay and articles for Aeon... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

1:00pm

A Conversation with James Lee Burke
Speakers
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James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
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Gwen Florio

Award-winning journalist Gwen Florio has covered stories ranging from the shooting at Columbine High School and the Oklahoma City bombing trials, to the glitz of the Miss America pageant and the more practical Miss Navajo contest, whose participants slaughter and cook a sheep. She’s... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

1:30pm

Kings of Conservation: Public Lands and the Men Who Started It All
Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and George Bird Grinnell are the men featured in these three books by Montana authors. Join us in a reading and discussion about the history and future of Montana's vast lands.

Grinnell: America's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West by John Taliaferro


Drawing on forty thousand pages of Grinnell’s correspondence and dozens of his diaries, Taliaferro reveals a man whose deeds and high-mindedness earned him a lustrous peerage, from presidents to chiefs, Audubon to Aldo Leopold, John Muir to Gifford Pinchot, Edward S. Curtis to Edward H. Harriman. Throughout his long life, Grinnell was bound by family and sustained by intimate friendships, toggling between the East and the West. As Taliaferro’s enthralling portrait demonstrates, it was this tension that wound Grinnell’s nearly inexhaustible spring and honed his vision―a vision that still guides the imperiled future of our national treasures.

Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America's Public Lands by John Clayton

John Muir, the most famous naturalist in American history, protected Yosemite, co-founded the Sierra Club, and is sometimes called the Father of the National Parks. A poor immigrant, self-taught, individualistic, and skeptical of institutions, his idealistic belief in the spiritual benefits of holistic natural systems led him to a philosophy of preserving wilderness unimpaired. Gifford Pinchot founded the U.S. Forest Service and advised his friend Theodore Roosevelt on environmental policy. Raised in wealth, educated in privilege, and interested in how institutions and community can overcome failures in individual virtue, Pinchot’s pragmatic belief in professional management led him to a philosophy of sustainably conserving natural resources.

Theodore Roosevelt & Bison Restoration on the Great Plains by Keith Aune and Glenn Plumb


Troubled by the rapid disappearance of the bison at the end of the 19th Century progressive thinkers began a public discussion calling for the preservation of wild-lands and wildlife in North America. Activists, like Theodore Roosevelt, rose to the call putting a bison restoration plan into action that was incomprehensible during the emerging industrial revolution. Preserving nature and saving iconic wildlife was not an essential ingredient to the plan for national progress. Fighting against the tide of an increasingly industrialized nation these champions raised public conscience saving American bison from extinction. The battle to restore bison in the early 1900's was catalyst for an entire conservation movement spearheaded by the President of our United States, Theodore Roosevelt. America continues to nurture a complicated connection to American bison as it completes the conservation legacy he began.

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Keith Edward Aune

Wildlife Consultant
Theodore Roosevelt & Bison Restoration on the Great PlainsOn October 10, 1907 fifteen enormous bison were crated at the Bronx Zoo in New York and, the next day, shipped out from Fordham Rail Station bound for the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma. This dramatic event was the culmination... Read More →
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John Clayton

Author
John Clayton is the author of Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Birth of Public Lands, just released in August 2019. Clayton’s research for Natural Rivals—based in part on a monthlong residency at Grey Towers, the Pinchot mansion now run by the U.S. Forest Service—has... Read More →
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John Taliaferro

John Taliaferro, author of Grinnell: American's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West, is a graduate of Harvard College, a former senior editor at Newsweek, and the author of five previous books, including CHARLES M. RUSSELL: THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF AMERICA'S... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

1:30pm

Finessing the Memoir
In this interactive workshop, we’ll separate the myths about memoirs from the facts. A memoir's job is to preserve a period in a person’s history. And, when done right, it can draw readers in like any other good story should, with engaging characters, a well-developed plot, and a point. 
We’ll discuss the different kinds of memoirs, from transformational to travel, and share some tips on how to decide which approach to take. We’ll also talk about how to get started, from finding purpose, to deciding on form, to creating a timeline. All along the way, we’ll keep the discussion going so attendees can discuss their own (possible) projects.

Speakers
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Clare Wood

Editorial Director, Self Publishing Services, LLC.
Clare Wood is an award-winning journalist who most recently worked at the Austin American-Statesman and at MSN.com. After more than 30 years in journalism, she chose to share her vast editorial knowledge with authors pursuing independent publishing. She serves as Editorial Director... Read More →
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Melanie Calahan

Self Publishing Services, LLC.
Melanie Calahan combines a lifelong passion for reading and writing with a fifteen-year career in marketing and copywriting, including a stint as Marketing Director for a community development non-profit, Account Manager for an ad agency, and Lead Copywriter for an online electronics... Read More →


2:00pm

Curating the New Voices of the West
As editors and publishers at some of the most beloved literary magazines and presses in the West, our panelists have a responsibility to both the legacy of their publications as well as the future that they usher in with each new issue and book they publish. Names like Hugo, Welch, and Stegner once graced the pages of these magazines, and the weight of their contributions—toward an ethos of the West as both a geography and a community—are lasting. But what do the new voices of the West sound like? And how do today’s literary magazine editors and small press publishers find them? At this panel, you’ll hear from eight editors and publishers at High Desert Journal, Poetry Northwest, Basalt, CutBank, Camas, and YesYes Books about what they’ve found and what they’re still looking for.

Speakers
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KMA Sullivan

Publisher, YesYes Books
KMA Sullivan is the author of Necessary Fire, winner of the St Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, Forklift, Ohio, The Nervous Breakdown, Gertrude, diode, and elsewhere. Essays have appeared in The... Read More →
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Jackie Bussjaeger

Senior Editor, Camas Magazine
Jackie Bussjaeger is a graduate student in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Montana, with a focus in writing. She is especially interested in science writing and science communication. Originally from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, her passion for the environment... Read More →
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Bill Carty

Senior Editor, Poetry Northwest
Bill Carty is the author of Huge Cloudy (Octopus Books) and the chapbook Refugium. He has received poetry fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Artist Trust, and the Hugo House. He was awarded the 2017 Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America... Read More →
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Jodi Varon

founding editor, contributing editor, Basalt
Jodi Varon is the author of the memoir Drawing to an Inside Straight: The Legacy of an Absent Father (University of Missouri Press), a WILLA Award Finalist from Women Writing the West. Her translations from the Chinese Tang Dynasty poet Li He are collected in The Rock's Cold Breath... Read More →
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Bryn Agnew

Fiction/Flash Editor, CutBank
Bryn Agnew holds an MFA from the University of Montana where he served as the editor-in-chief of CutBank. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Yemassee, Mid-American Review, the Nottingham Review, and North Texas Review. He now serves as a fiction and flash editor for CutBank... Read More →
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David Axelrod

Basalt
David Axelrod is the editor of basalt: a journal of fine and literary arts, and Sensational Nightingales: The Collected Poetry of Walter Pavlich, published by Lynx House Press. His new collection of poems, The Open Hand, appeared from Lost Horse Press in the autumn of 2017. His second... Read More →
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Keetje Kuipers

Senior Editor, Poetry Northwest
Keetje Kuipers is the author of three books of poems, all from BOA Editions: Beautiful in the Mouth (2010), which was chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, The Keys to the Jail (2014), which was a book club selection for The Rumpus, and All Its Charms... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Fact and Fiction Books 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Corner of Space and Time: The Evolution of the Collaborative Process in Bringing the Eddies Club Portraits to Publication
A Corner of Space and Time: Lee Nye’s Eddies Club Portrait is Lee's collection of 125 8x10 black and white portraits of the patrons who inhabited Eddie's Club (now Charlie B's) from 1965 to 1973. It includes the biographies of each of the portraits. The introduction is in Lee's own words on the "how" and "why" the portraits were taken. The patrons were retirees, railroaders, mill workers, and construction workers. Lee referred to them as "The people who built Missoula and Montana." Also included are the writers Jim Crumley, Richard Hugo, and Anthony "Tony" Cronin. The collection still hangs at Charlie B's.

This presentation is an overview of collaboration of how to write a book that requires multiple areas expertise and how to develop a Kickstarter program to raise the funding for publication of said book.

The focus will be divided into two sections: the first will be the Kickstarter program; the second will be the collaborative process that Ben and Jean utilized when working with multiple entities to bring A Corner of Space and Time: Lee Nye’s Eddies Club Portraits to publication. It will end with the opening of the Kickstarter Program.

Speakers
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Jean Belangie-Nye

owner, Nye Imagery, Ltd.
I graduated from the Univ, of Montana with degrees in English, theater, and a masters in education. I taught for 42 years and worked in several other occupations in order to pay the bills. Conversation starters; 1) Why did you decide to write A Corner of Space and Time: Lee Nye's... Read More →
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Ben Ferencz

Ben Ferencz is a branding and marketing specialist, producer and teacher originally from New York and now residing in northwest Montana. His work reflects his ability to blend cultures from the cities to the mountains working with a diverse group of clients.  He is the co-founder... Read More →


2:00pm

Celebrate Queer Voices
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Heidi Harrison

Heidi Harrison is a former teacher and psychotherapist from the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, she stares at towering cedars in a small town in the woods, the Puget Sound and Seattle surrounding her. Inspiration and magic somehow seem to mingle as she writes novels, short stories... Read More →
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Erin Pringle

Erin Pringle is the author of the novelHezada! I Miss You (Awst2020) and two story collections,The Whole World at Once (West Virginia UP 2017) and The Floating Order (Two Ravens Press 2009). Her work has been published extensively, most recently in Willow Springs, New York Tyrant... Read More →
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Wendy Oleson

Wendy Oleson is the author of two award-winning prose chapbooks, Please Find Us (Gertrude Press) and Our Daughter and Other Stories (Map Literary). Her stories appear in Denver Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Passages North, Copper Nickel, Carve Magazine, and elsewhere. Wendy serves as... Read More →
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Gary Eldon Peter

Gary Eldon Peter’s short fiction has appeared in Water~Stone Review, Great River Review, Queer Voices, and other publications and has been performed on Selected Shorts on National Public Radio. Oranges, his linked short story collection, won the 2016 New Rivers Press Many Voices... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

3:00pm

Poet's Panel: Is This Surreal or For Real?
In this panel, writers Michael Earl Craig, Hajara Quinn, Adrian Kien and Jeff Alessandrelli will discuss how they shape daily (sometimes mundane) life into something beyond the everyday. The panelists will briefly read from their own work, then discuss both it and surreal-or-for-real examples from other writers. 

“It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there’s not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality.”-Gabriel García Márquez

Speakers
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Jeff Alessandrelli

Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of the full-length poetry collections This Last Time Will Be The First (2014) and Fur Not Light (2019), both from Burnside Review Press. He’s additionally the author of a short poetic biography of the French avant-garde composer Erik Satie entitled... Read More →
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Adrian Kien

Adrian Kien grew up in Elko, NV and Missoula, MT. He received his MFA from Boise State University. His most recent publication is the chapbook, Nevada Gangue from Open Country Press. He is also the author of The Caress is a Letter of Instruction and several chapbooks and collaborations... Read More →
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Michael Earl Craig

Michael Earl Craig's most recent book of poetry is Woods and Clouds Interchangeable (Wave Books, spring of 2019). His other books are Talkativeness (2014), Thin Kimono (2010), Yes, Master (2006), Can You Relax in My House (2002), and the chapbook Jombang Jet (2012). A recent Poet... Read More →
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Hajara Quinn

Hajara Quinn is the author of Coolth (Big Lucks Books, 2018). She received her MFA from Cornell University in 2014, and her work has been supported by Literary Arts and the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Poems can be found in Gramma Daily, Gulf Coast, The Volta and Sixth Finch... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Fact and Fiction Books 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

3:00pm

Recipe Writing as Storytelling: Braiding Instruction and Narrative While Serving Your Audience
A recipe is so much more than a set of instructions for getting food on the table. Recipes tell stories of who we are, what we do, and how we eat. Whether they stand alone or exist as part of a larger work, recipes have a unique power to communicate emotions, memory, and identity.

Speakers
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Sara Bir

Sara Bir is a chef and writer. An avid plant nerd, she is the author of two cookbooks,The Fruit Forager’s Companion and Tasting Ohio: Favorite Recipes from the Buckeye State. Sara frequently travels to teach cooking classes and talk about foraging. She lives in the oldest town in... Read More →
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Greg Patent

Owner, Kitchen Madness
I am a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author for "Baking in America," and a James Beard nominee for "A Baker's Odyssey." I was Professor of Zoology at the University of Montana for 10 years before I left academia to become national spokesperson for Cuisinarts, Inc. I traveled... Read More →
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Seabring Davis

Award-winning journalist Seabring Davis (editor/contributor) is the former editor-in-chief of Big Sky Journal and editor emeritus of Western Art & Architecture. She is a blogger for www.TheLastBestPlates.com and the author of five lifestyle books, including, the High Plains Book Award... Read More →
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Leslie Budewitz

Mystery Writer
">Leslie Budewitz blends her passion for food, great mysteries, and the Northwest in two cozy mystery series. CHAI ANOTHER DAY, her fourth Spice Shop Mystery, set in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, is the newest, published in June 2019. DEATH AL DENTE, first in the Food Lovers' Village... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

3:00pm

Johanna Stoberock presents Pigs: A Novel
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Johanna Stoberock

Whitman College
Johanna Stoberock is the author of the novels Pigs (forthcoming, October 2019, Red Hen Press), and City of Ghosts (W. W. Norton). The recipient of the James W. Hall Prize for Fiction, an Artist Trust GAP award, and a Jack Straw Fellowship, her work has appeared in The New York Times... Read More →


3:00pm

Celebrate the Best in Short Stories
I'm going to read a story from Great American Desert, a clifi collection that spans the prehistoric to the scifi. Surely that will make people talk! And I hope there will be questions.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Appel

Jacob Appel

Jacob M. Appel is the author of the novels, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, which won the 2012 Dundee International Book Award, and The Biology of Luck (2013). His story collection, Scouting for the Reaper (2014), won the Hudson Prize. Other collections include The Magic Laundry... Read More →
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Maxim Loskutoff

Raised in small towns in the west, award-winning author Maxim Loskutoff's stories and essays have appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review, as well as anthologies in the US and abroad. He lives in the... Read More →
avatar for Terese Svoboda

Terese Svoboda

Great American Desert is a book of stories about climate change in the Midwest from prehistoric times to the scifi future. A native Nebraskan, I've published 17 other books of fiction, poetry, biography, memoir and translation, and my 19th, Theatrix, will be published in 2021. A Guggenheim... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

3:15pm

A Poet, a Clown, and a Comic Walk into a Bar: A Crash Course in Writing Funny Poems
Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Midge

Tiffany Midge

Tiffany Midge is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and was raised in the Pacific Northwest. She is a former humor columnist for Indian Country Today and teaches multi-genre humor writing that elevates awareness of social justice issues. Her McSweeney's article "An Open Letter... Read More →


3:30pm

Overcoming or Not: Facing Life's Challenges Head On
Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Clarren

Rebecca Clarren

Award-winning journalist Rebecca Clarren has been writing about the rural West for nearly twenty years. Her journalism, for which she has won the Hillman Prize and an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, has appeared in such magazines as MotherJones, High Country News, The Nation... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Laben

Carrie Laben

Carrie Laben is the author of the novel A Hawk in the Woods, published by Word Horde. Her work has also appeared in such venues as Apex, Birding, The Dark, Electric Literature, Indiana Review, Okey-Panky, and Outlook Springs, as well as many anthologies. In 2017 she won the Shirley... Read More →
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Kathryn Trueblood

Professor/Writer, Western Washington University English Dept.
My work is situated firmly in the medical humanities. I have been awarded the Goldenberg Prize for Fiction and the Red Hen Press Short Story Award. My newest novel, _Take Daily as Needed_ portrays mothering while chronically ill with the desperado humor I believe the subject deserves... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

4:00pm

Montana the Muse
In this panel, three very different artists come together to discuss and celebrate the diverse landscape that has been the muse of artists and writers for centuries.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Warren

Chris Warren

Author
Chris Warren, a resident of Cooke City, Montana, has spent years researching Hemingway's connection to the area. In 2018 he presented a paper on Hemingway's final short story, which was set in Cooke City, to the Hemingway Society in Paris, France. Warren's research was instrumental... Read More →
avatar for Gwen Florio

Gwen Florio

Award-winning journalist Gwen Florio has covered stories ranging from the shooting at Columbine High School and the Oklahoma City bombing trials, to the glitz of the Miss America pageant and the more practical Miss Navajo contest, whose participants slaughter and cook a sheep. She’s... Read More →
avatar for Rosella Mosteller

Rosella Mosteller

sole proprietor, Mosteller Photos
There is so much of Montana that doesn't meet the eye until you take time to put wear on the tread of your soles. I have done just that while collecting the imagery depicted in my seventy-five photos chosen for my recently released book "Montana: Mountains & More".My black-and-white... Read More →


4:00pm

Writing for the Young Adult
Female voices in fiction, writing the reimagined history for young adults.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Carriere

Danielle Carriere

Danielle Carriere currently works as a researcher and instructor at Montana State University, teaching agricultural economics. In her free time, she can be found reading, writing, composing, hiking, and chasing after her two small humans. She lives in the Bozeman area, and sometimes... Read More →
avatar for Gwendolyn Nix

Gwendolyn Nix

Gwendolyn Nix has tagged sharks in Belize, studied evolution in green algae, and researched neural proteins. She is the author of The Falling Dawn: Celestial Scripts Book One soon to be released from Crossroad Press. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthology Sisterhood of the... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

5:00pm

Montana Book Festival and Norman Maclean Festival Author Cocktail Party
Norman Maclean Festival and Montana Book Festival come together to celebrate the literary tradition of Montana!

$15 at the door, authors get in free!

Friday September 13, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

7:00pm

We Leave the Flowers Where They Are: Book Launch Party
Please join us for the official kick off of our statewide tour for We Leave The Flowers Where They Are. 41 women. 41 unforgettable true stories. We Leave The Flowers Where They Are is a charity anthology, with proceeds benefitting Humanities Montana and The Zootown Arts Community Center.

Come join us at The Downtown Dance Collective for an evening of readings from Marylor Wilson, Robin O'Day, Elke Govertsen, Dolly Browder, Ame Boyce, Audrey Koehler Peterson, Tamara Love, and Jain Walsh. Upstairs at The Loft, we will have food and drink, music from the Garden City Strings, and a table from our non-profit partner, WORD (Women's Opportunity & Resource Development) and good folks from the beneficiaries of sales from this book, Humanities Montana and The Zootown Arts Community Center.

Upstairs, a curated collection of art from Marilyn Trenfield entitled "Women Celebrate Nature" will be displayed, and downstairs, we will feature the art of Jillian Wieler.

The event will be hosted by the one and only Rosie Seitz Ayers!

We would love for you to join us in celebrating the bravery of these authors, the importance of these non-profits, and the vibrancy of the Missoula literary scene. Every story matters, so please come add another chapter to the journey of this project.


Friday September 13, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Downtown Dance Collective 121 W Main St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA
 
Saturday, September 14
 

9:00am

Wake Up With Poetry: Saturday
ABOUT THE CROSSING OVER
These poems about the migrant experience in the Mediterranean, narrated from the boat's point of view, begin with the crafting of the vehicle – the birth of its voice – and end with its destruction. As much participant as it is victim, the boat is the lens through which the reader sees all that happens to the refugees: smuggling, hunger and thirst, rape, drowning, organ stealing, deportation, and repatriation – and, for some, survival in a new country Embodied by its burden of human experience, from birth in open international waters to an airplane exploding overhead from a bomb, the boat strives to interact with humans, good and evil, as well as the Mediterranean Sea itself, and all that it contains and maintains, both natural and made. As such, it takes on a variety of personas, becoming at turns unwitting witness to and un/willing partner of the refugees of various global crises, who have no choice but to make these desperate ocean journeys. 
PRAISE FOR THE CROSSING OVER
“Boat as metaphor for what we carry. Boat as vessel (woman), boat as adventure (man and conquest). Boat as witness to abominations that befall immigrants and refugees. Boat lost at sea, ‘a brief dream the ocean / once had’ – as we all are sometimes lost. Boat as death, driven by Charon. Jen Karetnick’s The Crossing Over is a political, moral journey, a tour de force built by sonnets, lists, a ghazal, a concrete poem, a pantoum, and literary magic.” — Denise Duhamel, author of Scald
“This book is our most awaited guide for understanding what it means to be human among humans – or as the poet says, for ‘learning the rites for search and rescue.’ And, in order to command this search, Karetnick, like the most masterful of guides and poets, is willing to lead us and to look where most of us cannot. For this book, for this guide, this poet, we are right to be grateful.” — M.B. McLatchey, author of The Lame God

Speakers
avatar for KMA Sullivan

KMA Sullivan

Publisher, YesYes Books
KMA Sullivan is the author of Necessary Fire, winner of the St Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, Forklift, Ohio, The Nervous Breakdown, Gertrude, diode, and elsewhere. Essays have appeared in The... Read More →
avatar for Charles Kell

Charles Kell

Charles Kell is the author of Cage of Lit Glass, chosen by Kimiko Hahn for the 2018 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize. His poetry and fiction have appeared in the New Orleans Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, Kestrel, Columbia Journal, The Pinch, and elsewhere. He is Assistant Professor... Read More →
avatar for Geri Doran

Geri Doran

Geri Doran is the author of Epistle, Osprey (Tupelo Press, 2019), Sanderlings (Tupelo Press, 2011) and Resin (LSU Press, 2005), which received the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her work has been awarded the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a Stegner... Read More →
avatar for Bill Carty

Bill Carty

Senior Editor, Poetry Northwest
Bill Carty is the author of Huge Cloudy (Octopus Books) and the chapbook Refugium. He has received poetry fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Artist Trust, and the Hugo House. He was awarded the 2017 Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

10:00am

Friends of Library Collectibles Sale
The Friends of Missoula Public Library is having a Collectibles Book Sale featuring:  Art History Books, Sets of classics, History books, Craft books, Bound copies of Atlantic Monthly from 1902-1945, Life Magazines, Comic Books.   These books will go fast, come early for best selections!

Find treasures and help The Friends add to Missoula Public Library's collection and programs.

Saturday September 14, 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

10:00am

10:30am

Writing for the Ages
These days nonfiction for young readers has become increasingly important in schools, homes, and in public discourse. The question then arises—how does an author write differently for a young audience than for an adult audience? If you are an expert on a subject, how can you simplify and condense the information while making it intriguing and inviting to young readers?
As the author of many books for readers of all ages, Dorothy has lots of experience in this process, including sometimes writing about the same subject matter for different age levels. She will discuss her experiences over time with interesting examples of some of her struggles in the process.
Doug Emlen has written an award-winning book for adults on animal weapons, and his book on the same subject for young readers 8-12 will be published late this year. He will discuss how he and his editor worked to frame his topic effectively for children.
Beverly Chin is Chair of the English Department at UM, and specializes in teaching literature for young readers, including nonfiction. She provides feedback to teachers, librarians, and students and can speak about how she evaluates the books.
After we have given our takes on the subject, we'll open the floor for questions.
This panel is of interest to a wide audience--teachers, librarians, parents, and authors can learn from hearing about the experiences and perspectives of the panelists.

Speakers
avatar for Dorothy Patent

Dorothy Patent

Missoula resident Dorothy Hinshaw Patent has been writing nonfiction books for young readers for more than 40 years, with almost 140 published titles. She was recently featured as the Monday Montanan in the Missoulian newspaper.Her Saturday morning 10:30 panel, "Writing for the Ages... Read More →
avatar for Beverly Chin

Beverly Chin

BEVERLY ANN CHINis Professor of English, Chair of the English Department, and theDirector of the English Teaching Program and Montana Writing Project at the Universityof Montana. A nationally and internationally known expert in literacy education, Beverlyspecializes in children’s... Read More →
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Douglas Emlen

DOUG EMLENis the Director of Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Evolution at the University of Montana. His adult book, Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle, won the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science in 2015, and his textbook, Evolution: Making Sense of Life, is presently adopted by... Read More →


10:30am

Wise Men, Wise Words
Speakers
avatar for Robert Pack

Robert Pack

Robert Pack (born May 19, 1929, in New York City) is an American poet and critic, and Distinguished Senior Professor in the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana - Missoula. For thirty-four years he taught at Middlebury College and from 1973 to 1995 served as director... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

11:30am

The Fractured American Dream in Fiction
Join these novelists in a discussion of the American Dream as portrayed in our novels, what it means to pursue it, the shifting nature of what it means from one decade to the next. Each of our novels deals with the American Dream in some ways, the pursuit, the failure, the impact, the fleeting nature, what happens when it slips through your fingers.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Pringle

Erin Pringle

Erin Pringle is the author of the novelHezada! I Miss You (Awst2020) and two story collections,The Whole World at Once (West Virginia UP 2017) and The Floating Order (Two Ravens Press 2009). Her work has been published extensively, most recently in Willow Springs, New York Tyrant... Read More →
avatar for James Charlesworth

James Charlesworth

James Charlesworth’s first novel, The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill, was published in January 2019. His writing has appeared in Natural Bridge and was awarded finalist status in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers. He is also the recipient of a Martin Dibner Fellowship... Read More →
avatar for Susan Bernhard

Susan Bernhard

Susan Bernhard was born and raised in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana, graduated from the University of Maryland, and lives with her husband and two children near Boston now. WINTER LOON (Little A, December 2018) is her debut novel.
avatar for Rebecca Clarren

Rebecca Clarren

Award-winning journalist Rebecca Clarren has been writing about the rural West for nearly twenty years. Her journalism, for which she has won the Hillman Prize and an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, has appeared in such magazines as MotherJones, High Country News, The Nation... Read More →
avatar for Emily Strelow

Emily Strelow

Emily Strelow is a Foreword Indies finalist and Lambda Literary Award finalist for her debut novel The Wild Birds. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Washington in Seattle, and has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. She was born and raised in Oregon’s... Read More →


11:30am

Floating Bridge Press 25th Year Showcase
Speakers
avatar for Laura Read

Laura Read

Laura Read is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA Editions, 2018), Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012, and the chapbook The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (Floating Bridge Press, 2011). She served as Spokane's... Read More →
avatar for Kate Peterson

Kate Peterson

Director, GetLit! Festival
Kate Peterson earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, where she works as the director of Get Lit! Programs. Her poetry and prose has been published in many literary magazines including Crab Creek Review, Rattle, Sugar House Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Packingtown... Read More →
avatar for Rena Priest

Rena Priest

Rena Priest is a Lummi Tribal Member and writer. Her debut book, "Patriarchy Blues," garnered a 2018 American Book Award. She is a 2019 Jack Straw Writing Fellow and has been a Sustainable Arts Fellow at Mineral School Artist's Residency, and a nominee for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. Her... Read More →
avatar for Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller

Poetry Editor, Scablands Books
Maya Jewell Zeller (Scablands Poetry Editor & CWU Professor) is the author of the interdisciplinary collaboration (with visual artist Carrie DeBacker) Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts (Entre Rios Books, 2017), the chapbook Yesterday, the Bees (Floating Bridge Press, 2015), and the... Read More →
avatar for Michael Schmeltzer

Michael Schmeltzer

President, Floating Bridge Press


Saturday September 14, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

12:00pm

Great Montana Read Celebrates Nonfiction
The inaugural 2018 Great Montana Read honored our state's best-loved works of fiction, with voters choosing Debra Magpie Earling's "Perma Red." This year, we're continuing to celebrate our state's rich and varied literary history by hosting a nonfiction edition. The panel will delve into the rich history of nonfiction as a form, as well as the past, present, and future voices. All in all, it will be a thorough examination and inspiring dialogue around this critical genre.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Stubblefield

Robert Stubblefield

Robert Stubblefield has published fiction and personal essays in Dreamers and Desperadoes: Contemporary Short Fiction of the American West, Best Stories of the American West, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Left Bank, The Clackamas Literary Review, Cascadia Times, Oregon Humanities, Oregon... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson is a Montanan by way of Alaska. Her debut collection of poems, And Other Bodiless Powers, won the 2018 New American Poetry Prize. She is also the host of the Montana Public Radio literary program and podcast, The Write Question.
avatar for Kim Anderson

Kim Anderson

Director, Montana Center for the Book
Kim returned to her hometown of Missoula in 1989 and spent the next eleven years caring for her two children and working out of a home office as both a free-lance writer and editor and the executive director of several nonprofit arts organizations. Before returning to Missoula, she... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Downtown Dance Collective 121 W Main St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

12:00pm

Mixed: Navigating the Kaleidoscope of Identity
Join us as author Nicole Zelniker and CutBank-sponsored poet, writer, and literary editor Shonda Buchanan speak about navigating the kaleidoscope of identity. CutBank Poetry Editor Danielle Cooney moderates.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Shonda	Buchanan

Shonda Buchanan

Literary editor of Harriet Tubman Press, Shonda Buchanan is an award-winning poet and educator. She is also the author of Who’s Afraid of Black Indians? and Equipoise: Poems from Goddess Country and editor of two anthologies, Voices from Leimert Park and Voices from Leimert Park... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Zelniker

Nicole Zelniker

Nicole Zelniker is an editorial researcher at The Conversation US, a producer at The Nasiona and the author of Mixed, a non-fiction book about race and mixed-race families. Nicole is also a creative writer and has a book of short stories coming out later this year.


Saturday September 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Fact and Fiction Books 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

12:15pm

12:30pm

Lives Revealed through Music and Poetry
Speakers
avatar for Gregory Spatz

Gregory Spatz

Professor/Author, Eastern Washington University
GREGORY SPATZ's most recent book publication is a collection of novellas and stories, WHAT COULD BE SAVED, His novel publications include INUKSHUK and FIDDLER'S DREAM and he is the author of two short story collections, HALF AS HAPPY and WONDERFUL TRICKS. His stories have appeared... Read More →
avatar for Amy Ratto Parks

Amy Ratto Parks

Amy Ratto Parks is the author of the “Bread and Water Body,” the winner of the Merriam Frontier Chapbook Prize, and "Song of Days, Torn and Mended" (alice blue books). Radial Bloom, a verse novel (Folded Word Press), and a book of poems, "How To Remember The World," (forthcoming... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Harrison

Heidi Harrison

Heidi Harrison is a former teacher and psychotherapist from the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, she stares at towering cedars in a small town in the woods, the Puget Sound and Seattle surrounding her. Inspiration and magic somehow seem to mingle as she writes novels, short stories... Read More →


1:00pm

Empowering Women Through Storytelling and Memoir
Moderators
avatar for Victoria Emmons

Victoria Emmons

President, E2 Consulting - Strategic Communications
Victoria Emmons — a simple name — yet for 15 years I was plagued by a woman with the same name living in my community. So I wrote about it in my story “The Gray Envelope.” And then I wrote about a few more things. I told my stories in poems, short stories, columns, memoirs... Read More →

Saturday September 14, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Downtown Dance Collective 121 W Main St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

1:00pm

Publishing in Montana
Founding publisher of Riverfeet Press - Daniel J. Rice - will host a discussion about indie publishing and why he chose to focus on books with outdoor/wildlife/environment themes.
Riverfeet Press is the publisher of the Montana Book Award Winner: One-Sentence Journal (2018) by Chris La Tray, the Awake in the World anthologies, A Field Guide to Losing Your Friends by Tyler Dunning, The Unpeopled Season by Daniel J. Rice, and more.
The event will include selected readings from several other Montana based writers. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to the publisher and the authors, as well as receive signed copies of books.

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Rice

Daniel Rice

Founding Publisher, Riverfeet Press
Daniel J. Rice was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1979, and moved frequently during his youth. His professional background is in environmental science and business management. While spending four months living alone in a tent deep in the Northwoods he wrote the novel, This Side of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris La Tray

Chris La Tray

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and photographer. His freelance writing and/or photography has appeared in various regional and national anthologies and periodicals.His first book, One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From the World At Large won the 2018 Montana Book... Read More →
avatar for Mara Panich

Mara Panich

Mara is now a full time Fact and Fiction Bookseller. She received her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Purdue University and found her home Missoula in 2002 while pursuing post-graduate studies at The University of Montana. She loves giving (and receiving) book recommendations... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fact and Fiction Books 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

1:30pm

Beyond Fly Fishing and Bear Wrestling: New Versions and Visions of the West
Speakers
avatar for Jeremy N. Smith

Jeremy N. Smith

Jeremy N. Smith is the author of three acclaimed non-fiction books: Growing a Garden City, Epic Measures, and, most recently, Breaking and Entering, the extraordinary true story of a female hacker called “Alien” and the birth of our age of information insecurity. A graduate of... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Stephenson

Melissa Stephenson

Melissa Stephenson earned her B.A. in English from The University of Montana and her M.F.A. in Fiction from Texas State University. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The RumpusThe Washington PostNarrativelyBarrelhouseMuthaBlackbird, Ninth LetterH... Read More →
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Heather Cahoon

Heather Cahoon, PhD, received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Montana where she was the Richard Hugo Scholar.  She has been awarded a Merriam Frontier Prize, a Potlatch Native Arts grant and a Montana Arts Council Artist Innovation Award.  Her writing has appeared in Hanging... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

1:30pm

Glowing Up: Coming of Age in Modern Fiction
Speakers
avatar for Susan Bernhard

Susan Bernhard

Susan Bernhard was born and raised in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana, graduated from the University of Maryland, and lives with her husband and two children near Boston now. WINTER LOON (Little A, December 2018) is her debut novel.
avatar for Simeon Mills

Simeon Mills

Simeon Mills is a cartoonist and writer living in Spokane, Washington. His graphic stories are included in various journals, such as The Florida Review, Okey-Panky and Rock & Sling. His graphic novel, Butcher Paper, was recently published by Scablands Books.
avatar for Justin Olson

Justin Olson

Justin Olson's debut young adult novel EARTH TO CHARLIE was released in April 2019 by Simon & Schuster. Justin is a native of Butte, Montana and is currently an independent film and TV producer.


2:00pm

Making Poetry, Making Friends
For the past 20 years, poets have gathered in the Mexico highlands for a week to read and write poetry at the San Miguel Poetry Week, where the late Patricia Goedicke was a visiting writer. Many of the workshoppers have created a poetry fellowship around these once-a-year gatherings, bonding through writing and mentorship. More recently, San Miguel West sprang up as an offshoot, bringing Western poets together to workshop and write in the fall, this year Missoula being the venue.

This panel brings together a few of the members of this community who have worked together and helped one another in the process of publication and life. The panelists will discuss briefly both how poetry has influenced their lives and how their fellowship has influenced their work. Each participant will read and reflect upon way writing fosters friendship.

Speakers
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Casey Charles

Casey Charles is Professor of English at the University of Montana, Missoula, and is the author of two novels, two poetry chapbooks (Bloodwork and Controlled Burn) and a recent collection Zicatela (2018).
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Kate Kingston

Katie Kingston has lived and taught writing in Trinidad, Colorado, for many years. She has published two books of poetry, History of Grey and Shaking the Kaleidoscope, plus three chapbooks. Her most recent manuscript, The Future Wears Camouflage, has recently been accepted for publication... Read More →
avatar for Robin Scofield

Robin Scofield

Robin Scofield lives in El Paso, where she taught English at the university for many years. She is also the editor of the journal BorderSenses, and her poems have been extensively published in journals. She is the author of two recent collections, Flow (2017) and Sunflower Cantos... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Ross

Jamie Ross

Jamie Ross lives off the grid west of Taos, New Mexico and travels regularly to Mexico, wherehis paintings are regularly featured in San Miguel galleries. His poetry has appeared innumerous journals, including Poetry East, BPJ, Nimrod, the Texas, Northwest, and ParisReviews; as well... Read More →
avatar for Lisken Van Pelt Dus

Lisken Van Pelt Dus

Lisken Van Pelt lives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts where she is an award-winning teacher of languages and writing. Nominated for multiple Pushcart Awards, she is the author of two poetry collections, What We’re Made of (Cherry Grove 2016) and Everywhere at Once (Pudding House... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

2:00pm

Magic, Myth and Secrets in Fiction
Speakers
avatar for AM Scott

AM Scott

Author, Lightwave Publishing LLC
After twenty years as a US Air Force space operations officer, AM now operates a laptop, trading in real satellites for fictional spaceships. AM is the author of the Folding Space Series, starting with Lightwave: Clocker. AM is also a volunteer leader with Team Rubicon Disaster R... Read More →
avatar for Cody T Luff

Cody T Luff

Cody T Luff’s debut novel Ration was released by Apex Book Company in 2019. Cody’s stories have appeared in Pilgrimage, Cirque, KYSO Flash, Menda City Review, Swamp Biscuits & Tea, and others. He is fiction winner of the 2016 Montana Book Festival Regional Emerging Writers Contest... Read More →
avatar for Gregory Spatz

Gregory Spatz

Professor/Author, Eastern Washington University
GREGORY SPATZ's most recent book publication is a collection of novellas and stories, WHAT COULD BE SAVED, His novel publications include INUKSHUK and FIDDLER'S DREAM and he is the author of two short story collections, HALF AS HAPPY and WONDERFUL TRICKS. His stories have appeared... Read More →
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C.C. Alick

Claude Alick was born on the island of Grenada in the Caribbean and attended public schools. Upon graduation and recognition of his limited prospects on the island, he took to the sea, working as a deckhand on several charter yachts, getting a feel for the customs and traditions of... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Fact and Fiction Books 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

A Lynx House Press Reading
Speakers
avatar for Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today  (University of Washington Press Pacific Northwest Poetry Series) and Pictograph (Milkweed Editions), as well as a collection of prose writings, Earth Recitals: Essays on... Read More →
avatar for Rick Robbins

Rick Robbins

Richard Robbins has published six books of poems, most recently Body Turn to Rain: New and Selected Poems by Lynx House Press. He has received awards from The Loft, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Society of America. From 1986-2014... Read More →
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John Keeble

John Keeble is the author of seven previous books, including Yellowfish, Broken Ground, and The Shadows of Owls. He is also author of Out of the Channel, the definitive study of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Keeble was cofounder of the graduate creative writing program at Eastern Washington... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

2:30pm

Writing on the New Genre Frontier
Speakers
avatar for Raki Kopernik

Raki Kopernik

Raki is a queer, Jewish fiction and poetry writer. She is the author of The Things You Left (Unsolicited Press 2020), The Memory House (The Muriel Press 2019) which was a finalist for the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award, and The Other Body (Dancing Girl Press 2017). Her work has appeared... Read More →
avatar for Carol Buchanan

Carol Buchanan

Owner, Carol Buchanan Books
Carol Buchanan writes in the frontier between fiction and history. Her first four novels – God’s Thunderbolt, The Devil in the Bottle, Gold Under Ice, and The Ghost at Beaverhead Rock – nailed the story of the Stark-McDowell family as tight to Montana's Vigilante history as... Read More →


2:30pm

Poetry of Parenthood in a Changing World
The poetry of parenthood has never been more diverse or transgressive. Gone are the days of simple odes to flower-picking toddlers. Now, poems of parenthood are studded with the rhinestones of technology, social media, police violence, and the perils of a warming planet. Where do these concerns intersect with the children in our poems? And how can we write our children into a world as unimaginably complicated and compromised as the one we live in today? Six parent poets will answer these questions through a spirited reading from their recently published collections of poems.

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Maya Jewell Zeller

Poetry Editor, Scablands Books
Maya Jewell Zeller (Scablands Poetry Editor & CWU Professor) is the author of the interdisciplinary collaboration (with visual artist Carrie DeBacker) Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts (Entre Rios Books, 2017), the chapbook Yesterday, the Bees (Floating Bridge Press, 2015), and the... Read More →
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Rob Schlegel

ROB SCHLEGEL is the author of The Lesser Fields (Center for Literary Publishing 2009), selected by James Longenbach for the Colorado Prize for Poetry, and January Machine (Four Way Books 2014), selected by Stephanie Burt for the Grub Street National Book Prize. His third collection... Read More →
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Heather Cahoon

Heather Cahoon, PhD, received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Montana where she was the Richard Hugo Scholar.  She has been awarded a Merriam Frontier Prize, a Potlatch Native Arts grant and a Montana Arts Council Artist Innovation Award.  Her writing has appeared in Hanging... Read More →
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Laura Read

Laura Read is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA Editions, 2018), Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012, and the chapbook The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (Floating Bridge Press, 2011). She served as Spokane's... Read More →
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Geffrey Davis

Geffrey Davis is the author of Night Angler (BOA Editions), winner of the 2018 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Revising the Storm (BOA Editions), winner of the 2013 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. He also coauthored the chapbook Begotten (URB Books, 2016... Read More →
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Keetje Kuipers

Senior Editor, Poetry Northwest
Keetje Kuipers is the author of three books of poems, all from BOA Editions: Beautiful in the Mouth (2010), which was chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, The Keys to the Jail (2014), which was a book club selection for The Rumpus, and All Its Charms... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

3:00pm

Montana Center for the Book Prize
Montana Center for the Book will award up to five prizes for excellent work in literacy and literary programs. We will celebrate regional winners at the Montana Festival of the Book. Last year, we had Aerie International poets, Missoula Writing Collaborative students, and the North Valley Public Library early readers receive awards and give short presentations. It was a family-oriented celebration of youth literacy programs. We would do a similar program this year after we choose the prize recipients. Nominations are open until July 15 and we will know our winners in early August.

Speakers
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Samantha Dwyer

Program Officer, Humanities Montana
Born and raised in Montana, Sam earned her Masterof Arts in literature, with a minor in art and anemphasis in science from the University of Montana.She loves finding the humanities connections in abroad arrayof topics and fields. Sam originallyworked at Humanities Montana from 2011-2016before... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Downtown Dance Collective 121 W Main St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

3:00pm

Walking, Writing, and Wellness: How Movement Inspires Creativity and Emotional Stability
Humans, by definition, walk. Writers, by definition. sit. How can we reconcile these two things and still be productive, fulfilled, and professional? Four writers across disciplines and genres will discuss what we gain as writers (and humans) by allowing ourselves the time and freedom to move around outside.

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Chris La Tray

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and photographer. His freelance writing and/or photography has appeared in various regional and national anthologies and periodicals.His first book, One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From the World At Large won the 2018 Montana Book... Read More →
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Antonia Malchik

Antonia Malchik's first book, A Walking Life, about the past and future of walking's role in our humanity, was published by Da Capo Press/Hachette in May 2019. A fifth-generation Montanan, she lives in Whitefish, Montana, with her family. She has written essay and articles for Aeon... Read More →
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Anne Helen Petersen

Senior Culture Writer, BuzzFeed News
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Kathleen McLaughlin

Kathleen McLaughlin is a journalist and writer based in Missoula, reporting here and across Asia. She is an Asia correspondent for Science magazine and writes about the American West for the Guardian. Her work focuses on inequality and marginalized communities and she’s been a frequent... Read More →
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Sara Bir

Sara Bir is a chef and writer. An avid plant nerd, she is the author of two cookbooks,The Fruit Forager’s Companion and Tasting Ohio: Favorite Recipes from the Buckeye State. Sara frequently travels to teach cooking classes and talk about foraging. She lives in the oldest town in... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

3:30pm

History Informs the Story
Speakers
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L.J. Martin

Owner/Janitor, Wolfpack Prouductions
L. J. Martin is the author of over 55 fiction and non-fiction books, dozens of magazine and newspaper articles, and the producer of over 120 videos. His latest TWO THOUSAND GRUELING MILES, enjoyed 11 weeks at No. 1 on Amazon's Young Adult Western list. He's a former co-publisher of... Read More →
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Sharma Shields

Author, Autumn House Press
Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and two novels, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac and The Cassandra. Sharma's writing has appeared in Electric Lit, Slice, The New York Times, Slate, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere, and has... Read More →
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Eric Scott Fischl

Eric Scott Fischl is the author of the speculative historical novels DR. POTTER'S MEDICINE SHOW, THE TRIALS OF SOLOMON PARKER and IN MEMORY OF THE GIRL IN GREEN. He lives in Montana's Bitterroot mountains.
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Sherry Jones

Author, Simon and Schuster
Former Missoulian reporter Sherry Jones is the author of six historical fiction books, including JOSEPHINE BAKER'S LAST DANCE, published last December. She lives in Spokane, WA, where she also owns a freelance technology and cybersecurity writing business. In her spare time, she enjoys... Read More →


3:30pm

What's Love Got To Do With It?

Four novelists from different genres discuss how to write about love. Topics will include: What constitutes a love story? How do writers avoid cliche when writing about marriage? How much detail is too much in a sex scene? When are graphic sex scenes justified? How do you write about romantic connection—getting beyond sex? Is it okay to disappoint readers about which characters end up in relationship? The writers hope for a lively discussion that includes audience participation!  

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Virginia Reeves

Virginia Reeves is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Her debut novel, Work Like Any Other, has been published internationally and translated into several languages. Her short fiction has appeared in The Common and The Baltimore... Read More →
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Danica Winters

Owner, Self-Publishing Services
Danica Winters is a bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic.When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while... Read More →
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Kat Martin

Bestselling author Kat Martin, a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara,currently resides in Missoula, Montana with Western-author husband, L. J. Martin. More thanseventeen million copies of Kat’s books are in print, and she has been published in twenty foreigncountries... Read More →
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Christy Stillwell

Christy Stillwell's novel, The Wolf Tone, won the 2017 Fiction Prize from Elixir Press. Her short work has appeared in journals such as The Tishman Review, Pearl, River City, Sonora Review, Sou’wester, and The Massachusetts Review, Hypertext, and salon.com. She is the author of... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

3:30pm

Writing Montana History
Four Montana history writers share their thoughts and experiences in bringing Montana’s past alive:
In Montanans in the Great War: Open Warfare Over There by Ken Robison

The Great War, World War I, continued with fury in the Spring of 1918. In a dramatic race against time, could American Yanks play the key role in stemming the German tide? Join Montanans as they engaged in their first major battle at Cantigny, a day to remember in history. Join Montana Marines in the bloodiest day in their history, as they became “Devil Dogs,” charging through hell on earth at Belleau Wood. Blunt the vital German surge toward Paris with Montana Yanks of the 3rd “Rock of the Marne” Division. Find yourself behind German lines with Montanans in the Lost Battalion facing death at every moment. Follow Montanans of the Wild West Division as they storm “over the top” into the Argonne Forest shouting “Powder River Let ‘Er Buck.” Serve with young Seaman Mike Mansfield, future legendary senator, on convoy duty against lurking German U-boats. Join adventurous Montana nurses, “hello girls,” Navy Yeomanettes, YMCA workers as they blazed new gender roles.

Open Warfare Over There is the story of young and vibrant Montanans of all ethnicities as they fought for elusive democracy at home in this world war to end all wars. Award-winning historian Ken Robison brings Montana’s men and women to life, at home and abroad, as they relate their stories of the Great War.


In Montana Horse Racing: A History Brenda Wahler brings together the social, political, and economic history in Montana's most ubiquitous pastimes: horse racing.  For centuries, on prairie grasslands, dusty streets and racing ovals, everyday Montanans participated in the sport of kings. More than a century after the Shohone brought horses to the region, Lewis and Clark's Nez Perce guides staged horse races at Traveler's Rest. In response to the hazardous street races of the territorial era, the Montana legislature granted communities authority to ban "immoderate riding or driving." Helena led the way to respectable racing, with the first territorial fair in 1868. Montana-born Spokane won the Kentucky Derby in 1889, challenging statehood itself as the top news story of the year. Soon, Marcus Daly built oval tracks and glitzy grandstands and in 1890, a horse named Bob Wade set a world record in Butte that stood until 1958. 20th-century horse racing rose and fell with changing times, and in the 21st century is an endangered sport, but with historic support from Native communities and other dedicated horsemen, horses still run under the Big Sky.

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Brenda Wahler

Brenda Wahler is a lifelong Montana horsewoman, an attorney, and a former history teacher. She has published freelance work since 1986, including magazine articles on horsemanship and horse history. Most recently, she traced the history of horse racing in Montana. Her book, Montana... Read More →
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Ken Robison

Historian, Overholser Historical Research Center
Ken is a historian, preservationist and a chronicler of neglected Montana history at the Overholser Historical Research Center in Fort Benton and the GreatFalls/Cascade County Historic Preservation Commission. Ken is an author of eight books, and his new book, Montanans in the Great... Read More →
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Ednor Therriault

Ednor is a writer, musician and graphic designer with deep Montana roots. His first book, Montana Curiosities, was published by Globe Pequot Press in 2010, and went on to become the best-selling title in the Curiosities series. The second edition was released in 2016 on Two Dot Press... Read More →
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Brian D'Ambrosio

Brian D'Ambrosio is the author of five books and more than 200 articles related to Montana, including Warrior in the Ring (Riverbend Publishing, 2015), a biography of Indian Marvin Camel, a half-Flathead, half-black pinball mechanic who went from a Montana reservation to win world... Read More →



Saturday September 14, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

3:30pm

Songwriting Workshop
Join poet, musician, and Grammy-Award-winning songwriting consultant Brian Laidlaw for a workshop on the fundamentals of song-lyric form. We'll cover the architecture and function of verses and choruses, address the basics of rhyme and metrical patterns, and then learn how to develop an initial song-concept into a finished composition, moving from the “little ideas” of concrete sensory observation to the “big ideas” of theme and motif. This program is appropriate for songwriters of all ability levels, from raw beginners to seasoned veterans; please note, also, that because we're focusing primarily on song text (rather than melody and harmonic structure) the ability to play a musical instrument is not required!

Speakers
avatar for Brian Laidlaw

Brian Laidlaw

Brian Laidlaw is a poet-songwriter originally from the Bay Area. He has released the poetry collections Amoratorium (Paper Darts Press) and The Stuntman (Milkweed Editions), each of which includes a companion album of original music; another book called The Mirrormaker is forthcoming... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Missoula Public Library Boardroom 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

Gather Round
Gather Round is a limited-edition DIY humanities toolkit designed for the Montana Center for the Book. We’ve chosen activities and picked readings that recognize the wisdom and curiosity in each of us. The toolkit has everything needed to inspire discussions about home, migration, technology and nature, including the anthology HEARTH by Susan O'Connor and Annick Smith. It also includes a deck of humanities playing cards, Montana Gold tea, and a miniature hearth to gather around.

In this event we invite anyone to explore and reflect on a sense of self and place through conversations with friends and neighbors using the games in the toolkit. We hope participants gain a deeper understanding of themselves and hear new stories from others. Toolkits will be available to order for free the following spring with a new book and interactive pieces.

Speakers
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Samantha Dwyer

Program Officer, Humanities Montana
Born and raised in Montana, Sam earned her Masterof Arts in literature, with a minor in art and anemphasis in science from the University of Montana.She loves finding the humanities connections in abroad arrayof topics and fields. Sam originallyworked at Humanities Montana from 2011-2016before... Read More →
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Kim Anderson

Director, Montana Center for the Book
Kim returned to her hometown of Missoula in 1989 and spent the next eleven years caring for her two children and working out of a home office as both a free-lance writer and editor and the executive director of several nonprofit arts organizations. Before returning to Missoula, she... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Downtown Dance Collective 121 W Main St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

5:00pm

Butte, Montana in the 20th Century
Janelle M. Olberding will read from and discuss her book Butte and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, published earlier this year.

In the final months of 1918, the Spanish flu that circled the globe hit the city of Butte, killing between one and two percent of the population in fewer than six months. In Butte and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, Olberding recounts the emotional struggle of the men and women who fought against, suffered from, and succumbed to influenza on the "Richest Hill on Earth." Why did influenza take such a toll on this unique, diverse, and darkly beautiful city, and what lessons can we learn from the tragedy of 1918? 

Speakers
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Marc C Johnson

Marc C. Johnson has worked as a broadcast journalist and communication and crisis management consultant and served as a top aide to Idaho’s longest-serving governor, Cecil D. Andrus. His writing on politics and history has been published in the New York Times, California Journal... Read More →
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Janelle M. Olberding

Janelle M. Olberding is an independent historian, writer, avid reader, part-time educator, and lifelong learner. Her work on the 1918 influenza pandemic in Butte, Montana has appeared in the "Journal of the West," and her first book, "Butte and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic," was published... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

6:00pm

Stephanie Land presents Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother's Will to Survive
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Debra Magpie Earling

Debra Magpie Earling teaches Fiction and Native American Studies full time.Her novel Perma Red (Putnam, 2002) won the Western Writers Association Spur Award, WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for Best First Novel, a WILLA Literary Award and the American Book Award. The Lost Journals... Read More →
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Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land is the instant best selling author of "MAID: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive." As a freelancer, her work has been featured in The New York Times, New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She... Read More →


7:00pm

"A Very Special Episode Of:" Erotic Fan Fiction
Get together for a weird good time when these writers read original erotic fan fiction inspired by the ol' 80's television trope, "A Very Special Episode."

Speakers
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Jeremy N. Smith

Jeremy N. Smith is the author of three acclaimed non-fiction books: Growing a Garden City, Epic Measures, and, most recently, Breaking and Entering, the extraordinary true story of a female hacker called “Alien” and the birth of our age of information insecurity. A graduate of... Read More →
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Sheri Boggs

Sheri Boggs is the Youth Collection Development Librarian for the Spokane County Library District. She's worked as a bookseller, librarian, editor and writer. Currently she lives in Spokane with her librarian husband and two rescue dogs.
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Sarah Aswell

Sarah Aswell is a writer and stand-up comedian who holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana. Her work has appeared in places like The New Yorker, Forbes, USA Today, Vulture, McSweeney's, National Lampoon, and MAD Magazine. She was voted Best Writer in Missoula... Read More →
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Tiffany Midge

Tiffany Midge is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and was raised in the Pacific Northwest. She is a former humor columnist for Indian Country Today and teaches multi-genre humor writing that elevates awareness of social justice issues. Her McSweeney's article "An Open Letter... Read More →
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Mara Panich

Mara is now a full time Fact and Fiction Bookseller. She received her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Purdue University and found her home Missoula in 2002 while pursuing post-graduate studies at The University of Montana. She loves giving (and receiving) book recommendations... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The VFW 245 W Main St, Missoula, MT 59802
 
Sunday, September 15
 

11:00am

Two New Books, Two Very Different Creatures
Missoula children's author Dorothy Patent didn't have to travel far to visit the habitat of the beaver, subject of her nonfiction picture book "At Home with the Beaver."  But experiencing the habitat of her other book subject, the endangered Tasmanian Devil, required journeying halfway around the world.  Here's your chance to hear stories about her adventures in person.

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Dorothy Patent

Missoula resident Dorothy Hinshaw Patent has been writing nonfiction books for young readers for more than 40 years, with almost 140 published titles. She was recently featured as the Monday Montanan in the Missoulian newspaper.Her Saturday morning 10:30 panel, "Writing for the Ages... Read More →


11:00am

Confronting Past Selves in Memoir
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Shonda Buchanan

Literary editor of Harriet Tubman Press, Shonda Buchanan is an award-winning poet and educator. She is also the author of Who’s Afraid of Black Indians? and Equipoise: Poems from Goddess Country and editor of two anthologies, Voices from Leimert Park and Voices from Leimert Park... Read More →
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Loring Walawander

Author, Montana Epiphany
Loring Walawander grew up in the coal country of southwestern Pennsylvania. He kept a very active schedule as a youth, serving as an altar boy, playing Little League baseball, scouting and delivering the morning Pittsburgh Post Gazette.In 1966, at age fourteen, Loring read Exploring... Read More →
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Dorothy Rice

Dorothy Rice is the author of two memoirs, Gray Is the New Black (2019, Otis Books) and The Reluctant Artist (Shanti Artist, 2015). She has also published numerous personal essays in literary journals and magazines. After a career in environmental protection and raising five children... Read More →
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Judith Sara Gelt

I've published my debut memoir as a woman in my mid-sixties. Please talk to me about feeling like the beginner in classes full of grad. students when I began to write in my fifties. And I love to discuss all things memoir including the emotions at stake and joy mixed with terror upon... Read More →


Sunday September 15, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
The Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

12:00pm

Sustainable Farming in Rural Montana
Bob Quinn is a pioneering organic grain farmer. After leaving Montana to get a PhD, he returned to his family farm and began to make changes to add value. Quinn began milling his own grain and then transitioned his farm to organic. Later, he discovered khorasan, an ancient Egyptian wheat, and created the KAMUT brand to share its benefits with the world., His book, “Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food,” educates readers on how growing organic, nutrient-dense ancient grains can support individual health, rural communities, and environmental resilience.

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Bob Quinn

President-Founder, Kamut International
Bob Quinn started Montana Flour & Grains in 1983 to sell his own grain directly to whole grain bakeries. The business soon expanded beyond his own farm and became a viable market opportunity for many other farmers. In 1984, he started selling organic grain. In 1986, Bob planted his... Read More →


12:00pm

Bear in the Bathtub
Kathleen Dent was born at a family owned ski area in southeastern Idaho. She grew up tromping through the woods, following critters, and just generally being curious. She has always lived in the Intermountain West, including the Snake River Valley of Idaho, the high desert of Utah and now in Missoula, Montana. She loves to learn about this beautiful part of the world and encourage the little people in her life to be curious and explore. Kathleen is a world traveler. She especially enjoys visiting her kids and granddaughter! She and husband Larry cherish their time with family and friends and time in the beautiful Montana landscape.

Alli DePuy spent many days during her childhood skittering and scattering, baking mud pies, and building forts in the forests. When she was not outside, Alli could be found painting images of her experiences in nature. Raised in the Inland Northwest, Alli grew up with a love of the outdoors and art. Moving to Missoula to attend the University of Montana and receiving a degree in art and education was the perfect fit. Today, Alli still lives in Missoula with her husband, children, and two dogs. On most afternoons you can find her hiking in the hills, skiing in the mountains, or cooling off on a hot summer’s day in the neighborhood swimming hole. Her sketchbook and paints are always close at hand.

Mike Sawaya earned his BSc in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana in 1997 and received his PhD in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University in 2012. Mike has worked on grizzly and black bears in Glacier and Banff National Parks, cougars in Yellowstone National Park, black bears in eastern North America, and wolverines in western North America. Mike is active in professional wildlife organizations and enjoys mentoring graduate stduents. Through his research, Mike seeks to understand how wildlife populations respond to environmental changes and to apply that information for more effective conservation and management. When Mike is not investigating bear bathtubs, tracking cougars or wrangling carnivore hair, he enjoys camping, hiking, gardening, and adventuring with his wife and two sons.

About the Book
Sweetgrass Books, Inspired Classroom, and Sinopah Wildlife Research Associates are delighted to announce the release of Bear in the Bathtub—a collaborative effort that combines the work of teachers, students, scientists, and conservationists to deliver a book that will ignite curiosity about bear behavior and then teach children the biological reasons behind that behavior using text that is interesting, approachable, and based on published research and a current scientific study in Yellowstone National Park. “This book is really special because it was a collective project meant to spark creativity and instill knowledge. We are excited to share it with young readers everywhere and hope they will be inspired to get outside, explore, use their imaginations, and discover what is happening in the wilder corners of their world,” say Inspired Classroom Co-Owners Kathleen Dent and Alli DePuy.

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Sunday September 15, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Fact and Fiction Books 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

12:30pm

Women in Montana Fiction
Bettie Denny
Bettie Denny is a native New Yorker who fell in love with the Northwest, where her daughters attended college. After a career in television community affairs, she's pursuing her lifelong dream of writing novels in her adopted home of Portland, Oregon.

Lise McClendon
As a longtime Montana author Lise McClendon has lived in and written about many places in the state. She has written thrillers as Rory Tate and dark humor as Thalia Filbert. Under her own name she writes the Bennett Sisters mystery series featuring five sisters who are all attorneys. She lives in the wilds of Montana along the Madison River near Yellowstone National Park.

Megan McNamer
Megan's first novel, Children and Lunatics (Black Lawrence Press, 2016), won the Big Moose Prize. Her second novel, Home Everywhere, was published by Black Lawrence Press in November 2018. Her essays have appeared in Salon, Sports Illustrated, The Sun, Tropic Magazine (of The Miami Herald), Islands Magazine and a number of anthologies, and she has won finalist and semi-finalist awards from New Millennium, Glimmer Train, Writers@Work, the University of New Orleans Writing Contest for Study Abroad, the Travelers' Tales Best Travel Writing Solas Awards for 2016, and Carve Magazine's Raymond Carver Short Story Contest for 2016. Megan grew up in northern Montana and studied music at the University of Montana. She has an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington studies and performs Balinese music as a member of the Missoula, Montana community gamelan, Manik Harum.  

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Bettie Lennett Denny

Compelling stories – real or imagined – help us grapple with deep-rooted social issues in a more tangible, personal way. That’s the philosophy behind Bettie Denny’s two novels, Angel Unfolding, a fast-paced Montana story that’s full of suspense and heart, and Burying My... Read More →
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Lise McClendon

Novelist, mystery and thriller writer, Lise McClendon has been publishing mysteries since 1994, when her first novel, The Bluejay Shaman, set in Missoula and the Flathead Indian Reservation was released. She is the author of 'A Bolt from the Blue,' the ninth in the Bennett Sisters... Read More →
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Megan McNamer

Megan McNamer’s debut novel Children and Lunatics (Black Lawrence Press, 2016) won the Big Moose Prize. Her second novel, Home Everywhere, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2018. Her work has appeared in Salon, Sports Illustrated, The Sun, Tropic Magazine (of The... Read More →


Sunday September 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

1:00pm

Drag Queen Story Hour
ISCSM Drag Story Time strives to create an open family friendly space that everyone can feel free to explore and express themselves. Through stories of diversity, love, and acceptance we hope to build bridges between children and the rest of the world around them. By creating a safe space for anyone who would like to be apart of our mission we hope to nurture the warriors of the future.


Sunday September 15, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fact and Fiction Books 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Crime in the Hinterlands
How can a rural setting can shape your crime fiction?

Lise McClendon
As a longtime Montana author Lise McClendon has lived in and written about many places in the state. She has written thrillers as Rory Tate and dark humor as Thalia Filbert. Under her own name she writes the Bennett Sisters mystery series featuring five sisters who are all attorneys. She lives in the wilds of Montana along the Madison River near Yellowstone National Park.

Allen Morris Jones
Allen Morris Jones is author of the acclaimed novels "Last Year’s River," which was chosen as as a Barnes & Noble Discover pick, and "A Bloom of Bones," which was an honor book for the Montana Book Award. He has appeared on “PBS NewsHour” as a guest essayist, and seen rave reviews of his work appear on the Today Show and in the LA Times, People magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and many others. He is the former editor of Big Sky Journal, a former acquisitions editor for the Lyons Press, and Publisher of his own small press, Bangtail Press. In 2018, he published his first children's book, "Montana for Kids: The Story of Our State." He lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife and young son. 

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Lise McClendon

Novelist, mystery and thriller writer, Lise McClendon has been publishing mysteries since 1994, when her first novel, The Bluejay Shaman, set in Missoula and the Flathead Indian Reservation was released. She is the author of 'A Bolt from the Blue,' the ninth in the Bennett Sisters... Read More →
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Allen Morris Jones

Allen Morris Jones is the author of the novels, "Last Year’s River" (Houghton Mifflin), "A Bloom of Bones," (a Montana Book Award honor book), and, most recently, "Sweeney on the Rocks." He has also written an influential consideration of the ethics of hunting, "A Quiet Place of... Read More →


Sunday September 15, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

2:30pm

Brian Laidlaw Poetry Reading and Performance
Brian Laidlaw is a poet-songwriter whose previous books include THE STUNTMAN (Milkweed Editions, 2015) and THE MIRRORMAKER (Milkweed Editions, 2018), each of which was released with a companion album of original music. He was a songwriting consultant on multiple Grammy Award-winning and -nominated records, and continues to tour as a folksinger. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, Brian also moonlights - often literally - as a rock climber.

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Brian Laidlaw

Brian Laidlaw is a poet-songwriter originally from the Bay Area. He has released the poetry collections Amoratorium (Paper Darts Press) and The Stuntman (Milkweed Editions), each of which includes a companion album of original music; another book called The Mirrormaker is forthcoming... Read More →


Sunday September 15, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

3:00pm

How the West Was Woman
How the West Was Woman looks at the lives and writing of four western women: Emily Withnall and CMarie Fuhrman, and how growing up and living in the West has affected the writing and lives. Each writer is working on or has published work that confronts this in some way. Whether looking at the way the West has tried to shape women, the way women in the West have been erased, the way the West effects queer people, or the ways in which we are trying to counter the romantic notion or unromantic notions of what it means to be a woman living in and/or growing up western--and how that affects our writing and how women (and men) interested in the Western woman character might see/write the different realities of that character.

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Adrian Jawort

Adrian L. Jawort is a proud Northern Cheyenne Two Spirit journalist, poet, and writer who lives in Billings, Montana. She is the founder of Off the Pass Press which aims to promote Indigenous literature, and has edited and contributed to the Off the Path Volume I & II anthologies featuring award-winning 21st Century American Indian indigenous fiction writers from across North America to Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia. She is also author of the horror n... Read More →
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Melissa Stephenson

Melissa Stephenson earned her B.A. in English from The University of Montana and her M.F.A. in Fiction from Texas State University. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The RumpusThe Washington PostNarrativelyBarrelhouseMuthaBlackbird, Ninth LetterH... Read More →
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Emily Withnall

Emily Withnall is a writer, teacher, and queer solo parent of two daughters. Originally from the high mountain desert of New Mexico, she survives the winter and cold of Montana by writing dark essays and odes to the sun. She currently serves as a writing fellow with the Center for... Read More →
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CMarie Fuhrman

University of Idaho/Fugue
CMarie Fuhrman is the co-editor of Native Voices (Tupelo, 2019) and author of the forthcoming chapbook Camped Beneath the Dam (Floodgate, 2020) Her poetry and nonfiction that has appeared in multiple journals including Yellow Medicine Review, Cutthroat a Journal of the Arts, Whitefish... Read More →


Sunday September 15, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

3:30pm

Missoula Writers Who Work on Mainstreet

Within a 1-mile radius of downtown Missoula these local writers working in poetry and prose are also spending their days near mainstreet. They work for a distillery. A bookstore. A software company. A radio station. They run their own business. They work for each other. They pass each other on the street. During the book festival they will all be in one place at the same time to share their latest work and celebrate what it means to be part of the Missoula writing community. 

  • Sarah Aronson
  • Jolene Brink
  • Chris La Tray
  • Jenny Montgomery
  • Karin Schalm
  • Phil Schaefer

 



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Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson is a Montanan by way of Alaska. Her debut collection of poems, And Other Bodiless Powers, won the 2018 New American Poetry Prize. She is also the host of the Montana Public Radio literary program and podcast, The Write Question.
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Jolene Brink

Product Marketing Manager, Submittable
Jolene Brink is a writer and visual artist from northern Minnesota. Her chapbook, Peregrine, won the 2014 Merrian-Frontier award. Since then her work has appeared in Orion, Southern Humanities Review, Poetry Northwest and others. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University... Read More →
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Chris La Tray

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and photographer. His freelance writing and/or photography has appeared in various regional and national anthologies and periodicals.His first book, One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From the World At Large won the 2018 Montana Book... Read More →
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Jenny Montgomery

Writer
Jenny Montgomery's work has appeared in publications such as Barrow Street, Tar River, CALYX, Unsplendid, Cleaver, the New York Times, and the Cairo Times. Her poem "Ballet with Boy and Wheelchair" was nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize. Her poetry installations have been shown at... Read More →
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Karin Schalm

Submittable
Karin Schalm has published work in Camas, CutBank, Epiphany, The Sun and other journals.
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Phil Schaefer

Phil Schaefer's debut collection of poems Bad Summon (University of Utah Press, 2017) won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and he’s the author of three chapbooks, two co-written with friend and poet Jeff Whitney. He won the 2016 Meridian Editor’s Prize in poetry and has been... Read More →


Sunday September 15, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA

6:00pm

CutBank Reading Series
Join us at Montgomery Distillery for the finale of the 2019 Montana Book Festival! Come celebrate the weekend with a reading by CutBank Literary Magazine's poetry, fiction, and nonfiction editors.

Sunday September 15, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA